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7C - Handout: Memorandum - Prairie Dog Update for 2001~ ~ ~ MEMORANDUM TO: FROM: RE: DATE: Parks and Recreation Advisory Board I~,~-~-~--~ P~,~`~ ~o~~~~o, ~~ ~"~ Ann Wichmann, Environmental Resources Manager, Parks and Recreation Prairie Dog Update for 2001 October 22, 2001 Environmental Resources Staff Effort In addition to trappmg achvihes m early 2001, staff regulazly monitors and mazntains barriers, has built a new barrier on the South Dam, has replaced the entire North Dam barrier through contract work, has assisted Pazks staff in various aspects of praine dog management, including marking acUve burrows, analyzing cotene dynamics, and proposing management solurions. In addihon, we have maintained contact with the Open Space and Mountain Parks Department as they performed relocation services on Pazks propemes. We have also spent substanrial time in locating and prepanng srtes for relocation at Boulder Reservoir, and supervismg pnvate contractors on bamer construchon and prazne dog relocahon. Close contact with the Colorado Division of Wildhfe has been an important and ongomg funcrion. Cutrently, prairie dogs at Tom Watson and the aero-modelmg site, and new sighhngs of prairie dogs at Pleasantview Fields, cause concern about conflicts with recreational facihties and addihonal work for staff. We aze reseazching sound devices to deter prazne dogs from moving through bamers and through openings. July - September Envuonmental Resources Staff, working in partnerstup with Wild Places, Inc. and under permit from the Colorado Division of Wildhfe, relocated 10 prairie dogs from the west gate azea of Boulder Reservoir to an azea neaz the aero-modelmg site at Boulder Reservou. We have observed at least two of these individuals at the relocation site and previously inactive holes in the azea now appear to be acrive. September - present Environmental Resources obtamed a permit for Wild Places, Inc., to trap and relocate 7 prauze dogs from Valmont Pazk Site. These praine dogs were in the azea of the lazge Cottonwood Tree and were m d'uect conflict with construchon achvities. These prairie dogs have been trapped and will be relocated to Boulder Reservou relocation sites. September - present Environmental Resources has obtazned a peimit for Wild Places, Inc., to trap and relocate approxunately 40 prauie dogs from the Valmont Pazk Site. These prairie dogs aze on the west side of the existing praitie dog bamer and will conflict with the Phase I development at Valmont. The Board approved tlus relocauon dunng a field trip in ~ August, 2001. Wild Places has begun trappmg and these prauie dogs will be relocated to the horse pasture azea at Boulder Reservoir. We will evaluate the need to trap east of the ~ bazrier based on coterie relarionslups. Open Snace and Mountain Parks Department Efforts Open Space and Mountau- Parks (OSMP) have trapped and relocated 62 prazrie dogs from the Tom Watson ballfield azea. Currendy, Parks and Recreahon Staff aze worlang with OSMP to design a substanhal and more successful bamer system so that fuither trappmg can be completed. OSMP has trapped appro~mately 35 praine dogs out of the buffer on the South Dam, and appro~mately 40 prazne dogs out of the buffer on the North Dam, and relocated these prairie dogs to OSMI' properhes. Small numbers of praine dogs remain to be trapped on both the South and North Dams. ~"~ ~