After research site sells, volunteers rescue prairie dogs

A prairie dog rises from its burrow. ©Carol Vinzant

When Nebraska’s Doane University sold its research land to soybean farmers, volunteers stepped in to rescue the 230 prairie dogs on the site. The Associated Press reports that Nebraska Wildlife Rehabilitation and Audubon of Kansas oversaw about 30 volunteers who trapped and relocated the prairie dogs from their colony, which had been used for student research for years, to Hutton Niobrara Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. The university donated $20,000 to support the $35,000 relocation effort.

Read the Associated Press story here.