- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Wildlife officials say they have found a new home for dozens of prairie dogs seized from a suburban Denver garage after the animals were removed from a shopping mall development site.

About 100 prairie dogs were trapped for relocation after arbitration with the developer, but plans to move them to a ranch in New Mexico fell through. On Tuesday, wildlife officers seized the animals in Castle Rock, removing them in the large tubs they had been kept in.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill tells The Denver Post (http://goo.gl/7mG8MV ) the rodents will be moved to land in Sedalia near county open space. Burrows must be dug for the prairie dogs before their release planned for next week.

People have been protesting the destruction of prairie dogs, which live in underground colonies, to make way for the mall.

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

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