A lawsuit has been launched by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of property owners in Cedar City, Utah, whose private land effectively is being confiscated by the federal government for the use of a species of rodent that has been determined to have â€śno commercial value.â€ť
It names as defendants the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Director Daniel M. Ashe, Regional Director Noreen Walsh and others.
The case focuses on the mandated protections for the Utah prairie dog, a type of ground squirrel, or rodent, established by the federal government for owners of private property in the Utah region.
A new rule that was imposed just last fall demands that property owners are not allowed to â€śharass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collectâ€ť the animals â€“ including when they are blocking construction, development or the protection of private property. ...