- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A developer will pay $60,000 to move a prairie dog colony from the site of his proposed development in Boulder.

The Daily Camera reports (https://bit.ly/2bTgTLR ) that the city announced this week that Bruce Dierking will pay Boulder to move the colony from the Colorado National Guard Armory site to a city-owned habitat conservation area.

Dierking plans to build 200 middle-income apartments at the site where roughly 50 to 100 prairie dogs currently live. For weeks he had offered to pay $5,000 to any private land owner willing to take the prairie dogs, but no suitable takers emerged.

The $60,000 will go toward offsetting the city’s costs of managing the land the prairie dogs are moving to.

If the state approves a relocation permit the prairie dogs should be moved by Nov. 1.

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Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/

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