Yea, because blowing an animal up and burning it is sooooo humane...DENVER - Colorado's Wildlife Commission voted Thursday to allow private landowners to control prairie dog populations by using an explosive device.
Many farmers and ranchers were hoping commissioners would make it legal to use a device called the Rodenator.
It blows an explosive mix of propane and oxygen into a burrow. A spark then ignites the gases.
"I think it's important for people to know this is not a recreational device. This is a device for agricultural producers here in Colorado," said Division of Wildlife spokesperson Tyler Baskfield.
Farmers and ranchers say fast-breeding prairie dogs take over their land and ruin vegetation. Baskfield says the commissioners believe the Rodenator device is a better option than poisoning prairie dogs.