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There are many things that you can do to help, including making a donation to PEER that will help to fund our efforts to save these prairie dogs.  To find out more about how to do this click here.

It's also important that decisionmakers hear from you. 

If you live in Texas, please feel free to use either letter as a template for your own. If you live outside of Texas, please use only the letter to Mayor McDougal.

SAMPLE LETTER TO MAYOR MARC MCDOUGAL - This letter can be e-mailed to mmcdougal@mail.ci.lubbock.tx.us.

Dear Mayor McDougal,

I am concerned by remarks made to the Dallas Morning News by your city's Environmental Scientist, Dan Dennison. Reacting to widespread public opposition to your city's plan to eradicate a large prairie dog town, he told a reporter that he should have killed the dogs "quietly" in the night.

Iíve got to wonder why the city of Lubbock is so intent on destroying this colony. It is obviously not about ground water quality. State experts have dismissed the link between prairie dogs and water contamination from the outset, and now even the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has reversed its decision to blame the critters. Yet Mr. Dennison continues to advocate destroying this colony, but refuses to explain his reasoning.

Prairie dogs are vital to the health of the Great Plains ecosystem. They are a major food source for birds of prey, and their burrows provide shelter for a number of other animals. The destruction of one of the largest black-tailed prairie dogs in the Southwest will have a devastating impact on the environment.

You can be assured that conservationists around the country will be watching your city's next move. I hope you will decide to act in the interest of science over lawless midnight killing.

Sincerely,
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SAMPLE LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the Editor:

Thank you for covering the plight of the Lubbock prairie dogs. I am heartened to know that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has is distancing itself from the inane plan to exterminate a large and significant prairie dog colony.

I only hope that the city of Lubbock will put an end to this folly as well, but comments made by city officials donít ease my mind. Lubbock environmental officer Dan Dennison has said that he wished he had destroyed the prairie dog town quietly in the night before the public found out about the plans.

Iíve got to wonder why the city of Lubbock is so intent on destroying this colony. It is obviously not about ground water quality. Mr. Dennison made his statements long after the link between the critters and the pollution has been discounted by state experts.

Prairie dogs are vital to the health of the Great Plains ecosystem. They are a major food source for birds of prey, and their burrows provide shelter for a number of other animals. Destroying a colony puts much more than the prairie dogs in danger.

If Lubbock officials plan to go ahead with the extermination, they have got a lot to explain to the rest of the state. If they plan to destroy the colony secretly, they may even have criminal consequences to face. Their best course of action now is to apologize to the public, leave the prairie dogs alone, and clean up their groundwater by addressing the real problems.

Sincerely,
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For more information contact Scott Royder at Texas PEER: 
(512) 441-4941, txpeer@peer.org

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