Devils Tower announces public comment period for management of prairie dogs

Devils Tower National Monument does not currently have a Prairie Dog Management Plan. The current prairie dog colony comprises approximately 40 acres in the southeast corner of the monument. The colony has required population control measures to prevent encroachment into high visitor use areas including the campground, picnic area, trails and exhibit areas.

Devils Tower National Monument is developing a Prairie Dog Management Plan. The primary purposes of developing this management plan for the black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) at Devils Tower National Monument are to:

• propose and evaluate an approach for sustaining a long-term population of prairie dogs that meets other park objectives;

• conserve natural processes and conditions;

• identify tools to manage the prairie dog population in the park;

• manage park resources in accordance with the park’s General Management Plan and NPS Management Policies 2006;

• to protect public health, safety, and welfare.

The resulting plan would be used to manage prairie dogs in the monument until the plan is obsolete or no longer feasible.

The public can view information on the project at the Planning, Environment and Public Comment website, http://parkplanning.nps.gov/deto. Comments will be accepted through Saturday, December 3, 2011. Comments can be submitted in person at the park Administration Building during regular business hours, by mail, or online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/deto.

Individuals without Internet access can request a copy of the information by mail or in person at the park’s Administration Building during regular business hours. Requests and comments submitted by mail should be addressed to Chief of Resources, Devils Tower National Monument, PO Box 10, Devils Tower, WY 82714. For further information, please contact Angela Wetz, Chief of Resources, at (307) 467-5283 x212.