A bill designed to limit the spread of black-tailed prairie dogs in Nebraska is set for legislative debate.
The measure (LB473) by Ellsworth Sen. LeRoy Louden would give counties the power and duties to carry out a management program to
help control the animals, which ranchers often view as pests.
Debate on the bill could begin as early as Tuesday.
The bill is designed to prevent black-tailed prairie dog colonies from expanding from one person's property to another.
Counties would have the power to notify landowners that a colony is not being managed, and could require landowners to take action.
Landowners would have to notify counties that they have moved to address the problem.