Prairie Dog Gas

The state wildlife commission meets in Fort Collins today to consider a new way to get rid of prairie dogs.

Organic farmers are asking for permission to use explosive gases to kill the animals -- a method that would let them keep their organic status.

The gases, such as a mix of oxygen and propane, could be injected inside the burrows and then ignited.

That would deliver a shock wave that kills the animals and collapses their tunnels.

Right now it's illegal to use explosives to kill wildlife in Colorado.

Conservation groups say the idea is barbaric and they plan to oppose it.


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