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As long as we're thinking about Burrowing Owls, some of you may find 
this of interest.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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> From: Ron Klataske <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Thu Jan 26, 2006  11:18:34 PM US/Central
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Burrowing Owls and Ranchers Need Your Assistance
> Reply-To: Ron Klataske <[log in to unmask]>
>
> I sent this message earlier tonight to members of the Kansas Nongame 
> Wildlife Advisory Council, however it is equally relevant to many of us 
> in the state who enjoy wildlife and would welcome an opportunity to 
> travel to western Kansas (esp. Logan County) to see an abundance of 
> Burrowing Owls, Ferruginous Hawks, resident Golden Eagles, Pronghorn 
> Antelope, Jackrabbits and ESPECIALLY Black-footed Ferrets.  Please feel 
> free to point out the value of wildlife for nature-based and agri 
> tourism--benefits to rural communities.
>
> "Your Assistance is Needed to encourage the Logan County Commission to 
> withdraw their Eradication Order and allow landowners to maintain 
> Prairie Dog colonies on their lands.  Please consider writing a letter 
> immediately to the three members of the commission.  The commissioners 
> will be meeting with the landowners next Tuesday, January 31.  
> Approximately 6,000 acres of land occupied by prairie dogs on 27,000 
> acres of private ranchland will be affected.  This is probably the 
> largest complex of prairie dog colonies in Kansas, and possibly the 
> only site (on private or public lands) currently suitable for an 
> experimental reintroduction of Black-footed Ferrets.  They have 
> already, or are being poisoned in most other areas.  Please mail a 
> letter to the three commissioners on Friday or by Saturday, January 28 
> to insure that it arrives for their attention.  If that cannot be done, 
> fax it to me by Monday and I will present it to the commission on 
> Tuesday.  Letters can be from you reflecting your personal or 
> professional perspective, your view as a scientist, landowner 
> interested in preserving "property rights," or on behalf the 
> organization you represent."
>
> "I will be joining the landowners and their attorney at a commission 
> meeting/public hearing devoted to subject in Oakley at 2 p.m. on 
> Tuesday, January 31 to stress the importance of landowner rights in the 
> conservation of the species involved.  We are hoping that the 
> commission will withdraw their order that the Prairie Dogs be 
> eradicated.  Stan Roth may be going with me (early from Manhattan) or 
> with Steve Sorenson (from Wichita) to Oakley that morning.  I am likely 
> to stay overnight and spend a little time in the vicinity of the 
> ranches on Wednesday morning.  Let me know if you are interested in 
> going out and want to car pool with either of us, or if you would like 
> to provide transportation for others from your area.  We need some show 
> of interest, otherwise it will be just the crowd that wants to kill all 
> the prairie dogs, Pronghorn Antelope, etc."
>
> "The four families who own these ranch properties are providing 
> incredible leadership.  Please lend a hand by writing a letter or 
> making a call, or by coming to the meeting."
>
> "This is an issue of importance far beyond prairie dogs.  These 
> colonies have numerous Ferruginous Hawks at times, Burrowing Owls, and 
> other wildlife. A Swift Fox den on one of the ranches had six pups last 
> spring."
>
> "Before Black-footed Ferrets can possibly be reintroduced, we have to 
> overcome this specific eradication order in Logan County.  Then our 
> next order of business is to strongly urge the Kansas Legislature to 
> repeal the draconian statutes enacted a century ago that allow 
> mandatory eradication orders against all of the wildlife-friendly 
> landowners with prairie dog colonies in this and other counties. 
> Legislative bills that will accomplish that, if enacted, were 
> introduced at our request on Wednesday.  More on that when they are 
> given numbers and assigned to a committee.  For now, please share your 
> thoughts with the following three Logan County Commissioners.  Thanks."
>
> Doug Mackley, Chairman
> PO Box 261
> Winona, KS  67764
> 785-846-7462
>
> Robert K. Scott
> 317 S. Center
> Oakley, KS  67748
> 785-672-4333
>
> Carl Uhrich
> 3408 Zest
> Oakley, KS  67748
> 785-672-4393
>
> Ron Klataske
> Executive Director
> Audubon of Kansas
> 210 Southwind Place
> Manhattan  KS 66503
> 785-537-4385
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