- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Activists have gathered more than 135,000 signatures asking Naropa University not to kill about 100 prairie dogs on the school’s east Boulder campus, saying the Buddhist university should not even be applying for a lethal solution because it is against Buddhist principles.

Naropa applied for a lethal control permit through the city of Boulder this summer for the burrowing rodents that live on a 2-acre plot on the school’s Nalanda campus.

University administrators say that they have no plans to kill the prairie dogs and have been working for the last four years to identify a possible relocation site, but prairie dog supporters want Naropa to cancel the application.

Deanna Meyer, Colorado director for WildLands Defense, a nonprofit preservation group, said prairie dog advocates will work with the city or the county to find land on open space.

“It is a Buddhist university, and the fact that a Buddhist university would even apply for a lethal application for prairie dogs is totally against any Buddhist concepts,” Meyer said. “You don’t do that. You don’t kill animals.”



Naropa officials say they haven’t heard from the city about their application, though the public comment period to solicit suggestions for relocation sites has now closed, the Boulder Daily Camera reported (https://tinyurl.com/pfu6olg ).

Naropa spokesman Bill Rigler said university officials were hoping the lethal control permit process would spur the public to help the school find a relocation site, but so far, there have been no offers.

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

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