Western Kansas County Aims Again at Prairie Dogs

OAKLEY, Kan. (AP) _ Logan County couldn't get a judge's permission to place poison on 1,500 acres of western Kansas farmland to get rid of prairie dogs. So instead it's poisoning a 90-foot border surrounding the property, despite objections of the land's owners.

It's the second time in less than four months the county has spread poison along the barrier around land where the endangered black-footed ferret was reintroduced in December 2007. The ferrets prey on prairie dogs.

Larry Haverfield and Gordon Barnhardt own most of the Logan County land where the ferrets were placed. They have been fighting for nearly two years to keep the county from applying poison to their land.

Haverfield has said the prairie dogs are an important part of keeping the prairie healthy.

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