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Group offers humane way to remove prairie dogs

ONE ALBUQUERQUE GROUP IS

TRYING TO BALANCE

GETTING RID OF THE

RODENTS -- WITH GIVING

THEM A SECOND CHANCE AT

LIFE.

NEWS 13 )S JEANNIE NGUYEN

IS HERE WITH THE STORY.

MADELINE,

JUST LAST WEEK WE

MENTIONED SOME PRAIRIE

DOGS INFESTING A CLOVIS

PARK.

THERE ARE PLENTY HERE IN

THE METRO, TOO. AND THE

ORGANIZATION PRAIRIE

DOGS PALS WANTS YOU TO

KNOW THERE )S A SAFE AND

GENTLE WAY TO GET RID OF

THEM -- WITHOUT KILLING

THEM.

0:54 "I love them! I

love prairie dogs." 0:56

BUT NOT EVERYONE AGREES

-- THESE LITTLE GUYS ARE

OFTEN A MAJOR NUISANCE.

AND THAT )S WHERE PRAIRIE

DOGS PALS STEPS IN. THE

GROUP WAS MOST RECENTLY

HIRED BY THE DEPARTMENT

OF TRANSPORTATION -- TO

DO SOMETHING ABOUT

(THESE HOLES POPPING UP

ON THE TRAILS NEAR

TRAMWAY AND INDIAN

SCHOOL. PRAIRIE DOG PALS

OFFERS A SAFE WAY TO

MAKE SURE THESE CRITTERS

DON )T SHOW BACK UP IN

UNWANTED PLACES.

9:05 "We )re moving the

prairie dogs in a humane

way to, we take them

here to Sevilleta

Wildlife Preserve out

there, and let them go

out there." 9:14

IT ALL STARTS...

4:17 )water flowing

ground shot ) 4:18

WITH SOAP AND WATER.

6:31 "As it fills up

with water, it )s also

got soap. They can

breathe through the

soap, that )s why we have

soap suds." 6:37

JUST MINUTES LATER...

come swimming up and

we )ll grab it." 6:47

3:42 "We rinse their

eyes out with saline

solution and dry them

off a little bit." 3:46

3:59 "I )m just going to

drop him down in there,

so. cage closes" 4:04

FROM HERE -- THE PRAIRIE

DOGS ARE TAKEN TO A

HOLDING PLACE TO MAKE

SURE THEY DON )T HAVE ANY

DISEASES.

ONCE THEY )RE CLEARED --

THEY )RE MOVED TO THE

SEVILLETA NATIONAL

WILDLIFE REFUGE.

THE GROUP ACKNOWLEDGES

THIS PROCESS CAN BE

INTRUSIVE TO

THE PRAIRIE DOGS.

BUT THEY STAND BY IT

BEING THE BEST WAY TO

KEEP HUMANS AND THE

know we )re taking them

to a better place and

it )s way better than

having them be poisoned

or something." 10:11

TODAY -- THE TEAM

CAPTURED 30- PRAIRIE

DOGS. THEY EXPECT TO

CATCH AT LEAST 400 MORE

THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.

MADELINE, BACK TO YOU.

OKAY JEANNIE.

THE ONLY TIME THE GROUP

EUTHANIZES A PRAIRIE

DOG, IS IF IT HAS A

DISEASE. FOR MORE

INFORMATION ON PRAIRIE

DOG PALS, HEAD OVER TO

K-R- Q-E DOT COM.

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