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Breeding season brings a halt to prairie dogs hunt until June 15

State wildlife officials are reminding hunters they can\'t shoot prairie dogs during breeding season from April 1 to June 15.
State wildlife officials are reminding hunters they can\'t shoot prairie dogs during breeding season from April 1 to June 15.
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — State wildlife officials are reminding hunters they can't shoot prairie dogs during breeding season from April 1 to June 15.

Utah keeps a hunting season for Gunnison's and white-tailed prairie dogs on public land, just like game animals.

The limits leave enough prairie dogs for such predators as owls and black-footed ferrets.

Gunnison's prairie dogs can be found east of the Colorado River. White-tailed prairie dogs are found in other spots in eastern Utah.

Hunters aren't supposed to shoot another species, the Utah prairie dog, anytime during the year.

Utah prairie dogs live in a large area of southwestern Utah and are protected by the Endangered Species Act.

In addition, no hunting of white-tailed prairie dogs is allowed in Coyote Basin in far eastern Utah.