Prairie dog could get protections

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A federal agency has worried some members of Oklahoma's farm community by suggesting the black-tailed prairie dog may deserve protection as an endangered or threatened species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced plans to review the status of the prairie dog.

Congressman Frank Lucas says he finds it "difficult to believe" the action is a good use of taxpayer money.

Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Joy Gober says the agency isn't saying the animal should be listed as endangered or threatened. She says the review is because of new information that includes plague in South Dakota and new poisons used in Oklahoma and other states to kill the animals.

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