DON’T MISS OUT ON AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR PRAIRIE DOGS WHERE YOU CAN ACTIVELY BECOME A PARTNER THAT HELPED MAKE SOMETHING GREAT HAPPEN FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS!!!!
Many of you may have already read about the June prairie dog release near Honey Flat at the beautiful Caprock Canyons State Park located in Quitaque, Texas. This release was not financed using taxpayer’s money through Texas Parks and Wildlife’s annual budget, but was funded entirely through prairie dog related fundraising contributions and out of the pocket of the relocator.
Caprock Canyons is a 15,000 acre state park located in the Texas Panhandle. The mission of the park in part is found in the Caprock Prairie Restoration Project where the goal is to restore the great majority of the area back to the way the Great Plains existed prior to European settlement, but we need your help. We invite all those that are passionate about prairie dogs in the wild along with the numerous other species that make up our rapidly vanishing prairie ecosystem to become a partner today in this mission so that you too can be part of making this goal a reality
Today, the park is home to the Texas State wild bison herd where they hope to see it grow and flourish similarly to near historic numbers for the area. The park is also working toward the reintroduction of pronghorn. Eventually, they want to see the populations of prairie dogs, bison, and pronghorn thrive for all to enjoy for many generations to come.
Additional land within the park has been designated to prairie dogs for future release that has wonderful potential. Sadly, mesquite, an invasive species has overrun much of this land and it requires clearing which isn’t free and requires funding to complete. There is a wealth of native prairie grasses which sprouted underneath the mesquite from my site observation in May. The mesquite must be removed in order for the underlying grass growth to be successful enough to sustain prairie dogs and the growth of their population into the future. We are in the process of CLEARING BY HAND what we can without support but this is painstakingly slow without the proper equipment needed to do this more quickly and efficiently. It is our current target to clear one designated site of thirty acres with additional acreage to follow once those released are established and stable.
This is an incredible gift to those prairie dogs that require relocation from areas where they are unwanted and are due to be destroyed.
Again, prairie dogs urgently need your help and ongoing support. Caprock Canyons State Park has a partnership with Caprock Partners Foundation, a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE organization that assists in fundraising efforts to assist the park financially in helping the park to make this big project become a reality. Right now Caprock Partners Foundation is a small group of people trying to carry out a big job. It is my hope that you consider becoming a Caprock Partner by completing the membership form I’ve linked here. The basic fee is $15 for an individual membership or $25 for a family.
Some may be interested in knowing that any contributions made to Caprock Partners Foundation can be designated strictly toward the site development for prairie dog releases for the one site I mentioned above and any we hope take place in the future, simply by marking your contribution, “FOR PRAIRIE DOGS.” Undesignated funds will be used generally toward the goal stated for all three species with emphasis on overall park development, pronghorn, and bison.
You can designate any contribution as you see fit.
We can’t do this alone. We hope that we can all work together to become a partner in something great that we are all passionate about, prairie dogs and our prairie ecosystem. Links to all the organizations, information about the last release, and the Caprock Partner Foundation membership form follow. If you have any questions about the prairie dog aspect of this project, please don’t hesitate to contact Gena Seaberg at email@example.com or 425.870.1729
About Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway:
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About Caprock Partners Foundation:
Caprock Partners Foundation membership form can be mailed to:
First National Bank
P.O. Box 540
Quitaque, Texas 79255
View the video capturing Prairie Dogs (for rescue & relocation)
with the soap and water method
The above is a video by Jeff Kaplan that helps illustrate the needs listed below for Prairie Dog Rescue and Relocation.
Many Thanks to Jeff for his quest for knowledge and in trying to help Prairie Dogs by making this video.
FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF WILD PRAIRIE DOGS, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS YOURSELF
If you are interested in participating as a volunteer, please contact us and we can put you in touch with the organizations with the experience to make capture and relocation efforts a safe, fun, and educational experience, while keeping the welfare and safety of wild Prairie Dogs a top priority.
*Note that you risk being bit or seriously injured by a number of things such as, angry adult wild Prairie Dogs capable of removing a finger or two, black widow spiders and other spiders and insects, rattlesnakes and other snakes, badgers and more if you attempt to try this on your own.
This will give you a better understanding of what it involves to capture, observe, quarantine, and relocate Prairie Dogs from properties where they are unwanted and would otherwise be destroyed.
After capture each prairie dog is sprayed for fleas and then put under quarantine and observation for approximately two weeks before they are released.
During that time their health and nutrition is monitored and intervention is taken when necessary to restore them to health before they are turned out into a new location. This quarantine and observation period is a critical element to a successful release onto a new site and those that have had the benefit of a quarantine and the observation period often fare far better than those that are released to a new site the same day they are captured. Not only has their health and nutrition been restored as much as is possible but they are then evaluated and released utilizing a slow and deliberate process that takes each new site into account and consideration is taken about how successful coteries are established in the wild with their release. Initially, the release process often starts with a small group of females that get right to work with new tunnel systems and burrow construction. Next, if the timing necessitated that any babies or young required relocation, a small group of babies is released with the females and given time to reunite and integrate with one another. Finally, after a short time, any remaining young, any remaining rehabbed females and all of the males are brought to join the rest of the group into a location that has been developed by the initial females and is occupied, developed and ready to accept newcomers. Sometimes funding does not exist to allow for this quarantine and observation period, hence the survival rate of those released may not be as high as those that have had that luxury coupled with knowledgeable management and monitoring.
We are thankful for rescuers and relocation organizations that provide their knowledge and expertise to safely and humanely give these Prairie Dogs a new lease on life.
PMS Recycled Vermin
Darryl Hogue & Lynda Watson
30 years experience in wild-to-wild relocation services
Need relocation assistance?
You can also reach us for information
about zoo enclosure recommendations, pups, proper captive care, nutrition,
owner education on this website along with what you can do to help
support conservation efforts in the wild.
While any type of donation you make is incredibly appreciated, you can best serve the Prairie Dogs by sending monetary donations where portions of your contributions are not being wasted by shipping and freight costs. By choosing to make a contribution to Lynda Watson - PMS Recycled Vermin you can absolutely trust that all monies would be spent toward what is listed here. You can pride yourself in knowing that you made a difference in helping save those that have no voice and would otherwise be destroyed without your help.
These are approximate Day-to-Day operating expenses for ongoing needs:
( all items below are conservative approximations )
Suitable land - relocation organizations DESPERATELY need donations of suitable land or land that can be readily sold in order to obtain a suitable location where unwanted wild Prairie Dogs can be safely relocated for permanent residence. Not all land is inhabitable for wild prairie dogs. Please contact us or one of the experienced relocation organizations listed on this site in more links, for more information and assistance in determining whether a site is suitable for long term sustainability.
Funding for Veterinarian Costs - depending on your preference, we can assist you with making a donation directly to an account at the appropriate veterinarian's office to help with ongoing vet care and medication costs that routinely arise, if you choose not to donate to a relocation organization directly
Money - for gas, soap to add to water tank, and water to keep hydrated in hot, dry and dusty conditions = $150 - $200 per trip due to current gas prices
Bedding - sawdust, wild Prairie Dogs urine is very concentrated, they do not drink water in the wild, so they need to have their cages cleaned every other day unlike pet Prairie Dogs = $150 per month Relocators are in desperate need of sawdust at this time, this would be best purchased locally
Feed & Supplies - can include but are not limited to such basic needs as sweet potatoes, greens, fresh grasses, fresh timothy hay and other grass hays, water bottles (wild prairie dogs destroy these frequently during their temporary stays) = $250 per month
Funds to help with monthly water, heating, air condition, ventilation, and specialized lighting = $200 per month. Prairie Dogs coming in from a relocation effort are housed in an outbuilding that facilitates their special needs
Funds to assist with maintenance of buildings, equipment, insurance and construction costs associated with outbuildings, caging and more- costs vary
Non Routine Items Needed:
(while both of these entities have most of the major equipment needed for Prairie Dog relocation they could both benefit from donations of the following)
A Used 3/4 2 Wheel Drive Pick Up Truck
Old mobile trailer - to serve as an additional outbuilding for any emergency overflow of wild caught Prairie Dogs. Must have a good roof and structure, but the inside condition isn't a concern
You can send your donations to:
Lynda Watson - PMS Recycled Vermin
7525 West 19th Lubbock, Texas 79407
Please read the article below:
Though this article was written 9/30/02, permitted wild to wild relocations still occur routinely today. Once captured, wild Prairie Dogs are brought into the relocator's temporary holding facilities until they are stabilized and are able to be released into their new habitat. This process can take time depending on the condition of the Prairie Dogs that are captured and the land that is available. They often have to gradually be introduced onto a suitable land site in controlled groups in order for the relocation to be successful over time. It takes time and lots of experience from the relocator to monitor each land site during an integration of new Prairie Dogs into a newly developed area. This time housing and maintaining the Prairie Dogs while sites are being established is why these two entities could use your help. Plus, your contributions could help them both to relocate and save even more from being poisoned, shot, or bulldozed in the name of future development.
Prairie Dog Rescue Efforts May Come to an End
Lynda Watson has captured 2000 prairie dogs to date and had hopes to rescue all 58,000 prairie dogs living at the city's land application site east of Lubbock. But, it has become quite a costly rescue effort, money Watson says is spending out of her own pocket. "Well, I know she's spending all that she can gather up to do it, and she's not making a penny off of it. And, she's trying to save as many of the animals as she can. I would say she's spending anywhere from $150 a day just to drive her truck on that property, with little funding," said exotic animal explorer, Joe Bill Rogers. Rogers used to catch prairie dogs for many years, but says his health prohibits him from helping Watson. Although, Rogers has about 400 prairie dogs and is keeping some Watson catches, but other than that, he says he can't afford to help. Rogers says it is very expensive to catch prairie dogs. Watson has spent an estimated $12,000 to move, care for, and catch 2000 prairie dogs. Just think about how much 50,000 prairie dogs would cost her. Plus, Watson is the only one catching so it's been hard on her physically. "I know her knees are getting bad from going up and down over the prairie dog holes from catching the prairie dogs. She's got bad knees, but she gets out there and keeps working if she is hurting," said Rogers. Watson was not available for comment, but says she is afraid she won't be able to rescue many more prairie dogs. Mayor Marc McDougal says the city will poison the prairie dogs in January after the burrowing owl migrates. The Llano Estacado Native American Society is financially helping Watson with her rescue efforts. But, Watson says there is not enough money to save all the prairie dogs.
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