The Blaze has published an oped by me on PLF’s prairie dog victory late last year. From the oped:
The [Endangered Species Act] is one of the most heavy-handed environmental laws. When an animal – including a rodent – is declared to be in peril and covered by the ESA, federal officials can micromanage people’s land and their lives in the name of species protection. In Cedar City, the locals have been forbidden from doing anything that would amount to a “take” of prairie dogs, under the ESA’s broad definition of that term. Anyone who harms a single prairie dog — or even catches one to move it, say, from the city cemetery to a conservation area — can suffer crushing fines, and even prison time.