Landowners are encouraged to attend an upcoming series of public meetings to address various prairie dog management issues. The ODWC will conduct four meetings across the state which are scheduled to be held in June.
The ODWC is expected to unveil its draft plan at these meetings to address declining populations of the black-tailed prairie dog as well as solicit feedback from landowners.
Although Farm Bureau agrees with the direction the state is going, Peek said the organization would like to see more of an emphasis placed on adding prairie dog acres on state and federal lands versus further regulations on landowners. Oklahoma Farm Bureau will provide comments for the public meetings.
Landowners with black-tailed prairie dogs are encouraged to attend the meetings at the following dates and times:
• June 4 – Woodward, 7 p.m.
Northwestern Electric Coop, 2925 Williams Ave.
• June 11 – Guymon, 7 p.m.
Texas County Activity Center, Fifth St. and Sunset
• June 18 – Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Wildlife Department Auditorium, 1801 N. Lincoln
• June 20 – Lawton, 7 p.m.
Great Plains Museum, 601 N.W. Ferris
For more information, contact Larry Wiemers or Julianne Hoagland with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation at 405.521.4616.