- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

SONOITA, Ariz. (AP) - Pima County and the state Game and Fish Department plan on reintroducing an endangered species at a ranch in southern Arizona.

The county Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation department will hold a public meeting on the reintroduction of the black-tailed prairie dog next week.

Officials want to reintroduce the animal at Sands Ranch, near Sonoita. The ranch has about 64,000 acres east of the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. Pima County obtained more than 5,000 acres of the ranch for conservations purposes in 2008.

Arizona Game and Fish will implement the conservation program long-term.

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