Prairie Protection Colorado is working on challenging the listing of prairie dogs under the nuisance wildlife laws in Colorado. Prairie dogs are scientifically recognized as a keystone species of the prairies and is clearly not a nuisance. By labeling the prairie dog as a “destructive rodent pest” and allowing this species to be classified as a “nuisance” species, prairie dogs are disqualified from any animal cruelty laws or protections and encourges and allows for the poisoning, shooting and reckless slaughter of their families and prairie communties. Changing this label that has been place upon the prairie dog would enforce changes across the state that would require their protection.