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Letter—We Must Do More

Gena Seaberg
Consultant for Captive Prairie Dog Care
2023 Adams Avenue
Everett, WA 98203
(425) 265-0818

July 1, 2002

Llano Estacado Native American Society, P.D.S.
P.O. Box 3992
Lubbock, TX 79452

Re: Project Prairie Dog

To Whom It May Concern:

I recently received an email I regarding the status of the wild prairie dogs in the City of Lubbock and am mortified that more isn't being done to preserve an animal indigenous to the area. The statement that the City of Lubbock is making to the general populous by taking such an action is appalling in that once again, nature and its preservation for our future generations, take the "back burner." So, when my three year old son goes to visit your city and what it has to offer, only money, politics, and land development will be what he sees.

While I understand that man has outgrown his environment, what are we doing in this scenario to preserve it? Gassing our lands and taking lethal measures against animals, instead of the healthy alternatives or options offered doesn't spread a positive picture of your city and once again reinforces to our youth that you don't care if there is a future for them or any land to enjoy when it is their turn to do so.

If you have children, can you look them in the eye and tell them you are going to kill a bunch of animals, when you could relocate them safely but don't have the time, all because you want to develop something? Being a mother, I couldn't do that, not with a clear conscience. I would like to know how you could. Maybe I am missing part of the "big picture", please inform me of where my reasoning is not justified and I may reconsider, but I somehow doubt that you can come up with something reasonable other than agreeing to relocate these animals and giving the people the time and opportunity to do so without undue pressure. I say these statements not to your group, but hopefully my voice will be heard by those parties that it may inf luence.

Please accept my $ 25 donation enclosed as my contribution to support this effort. I have been consulting on proper prairie dog care as pets for the past six and a half years and I have worked with numerous vets, zoos, and families (over 3,500 to date) on preserving this animal's long term future. For the past f ive years I have been hosting an event called the Northwest Prairie Dog Social and Picnic; if you give me the time frame that is being given for this endeavor, I may be able to collect more monies to support the cause at the event. Please respond at your earliest convenience to let me know so that I may be of more help to your cause.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Gena Seaberg