From the outside, it looked like a simple matter of moving animals from one place to another. But for our Rocky Mountain Representative Jonathan Proctor, it was a precedent-setting triumph for wildlife conservation on America’s National Grasslands.

Proctor worked 16-hour shifts for seven straight days this July, helping trap 120 prairie dogs and relocating them to a protected area within Thunder Basin National Grassland in eastern Wyoming. Thus began a unique collaborative partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Wyoming Game and Fish, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and fellow prairie dog experts from the Humane Society of the United States, World Wildlife Fund and Biodiversity Conservation Alliance to relocate hundreds of prairie dogs from the periphery of this protected area to their new home at its center.

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