Enoch Rejects Proposed Prairie Dog Reserve

Enoch Rejects Proposed Prairie Dog Reserve

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ENOCH, Utah (AP) -- The Enoch City Council has rejected county proposal for a 233-acre prairie dog preserve on the north end of the city.

The preserve suggested by Iron County Commissioners and proposed revisions to the county's Habitat Conservation Plan would have changed procedures for granting permits to relocate or kill prairie dogs protected under the Endangered Species Act.

County officials said the permit procedure could hold developers up for three years if it is not changed.

The county acquired 200 thousand dollars in federal funding assistance to create a conservation easement in the county and Enoch.

Council member Dave Nelson says he wasn't opposed to the concept, just to having the site within the city.

Mayor Bob Rasmussen said the feedback he received from residents was predominantly opposed to the preserve.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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