Ranchers Want Money For Prairie Dog Damage

Badlands-area landowners say state should pay.

After losing a court battle, some ranchers in southwestern South Dakota are asking the legislature for help in dealing with prairie dogs that leave public land and invade their private ranches.

Charles Kruse of Interior says the damage from prairie dogs has decreased in recent years because many of them died from plague, but ranchers want to change state law to make sure the state is required to help control prairie dogs or give financial help to ranchers hurt by invading critters.

“We’re going to keep after it,” Kruse says.

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