- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DENVER (AP) - About 100 prairie dogs have been seized from a Castle Rock woman’s garage, weeks after the rodents were removed from a shopping mall development site.

The Denver Post reports (http://goo.gl/pTESV9 ) the prairie dogs were trapped for relocation after arbitration by a New Mexico-based environmental firm, Bold Visions Conservation, and were being held in cages awaiting transfer. Two women offered to keep the animals in the garage.

But Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say New Mexico authorities never received a relocation permit, and the ranch where the animals were going to be placed backed out.

The prairie dogs, which were seized Tuesday, were trapped in mid-March at the Promenade at Castle Rock construction site. Wildlife officials said they’re exploring options to relocate the prairie dogs but it’s possible the rodents will be euthanized or fed to endangered ferrets.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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