Activists have gathered more than 135,000 signatures asking Naropa University not to kill about 100 prairie dogs on the school's east Boulder campus.
Naropa applied for a lethal control permit through the city of Boulder this summer for the burrowing rodents.
A spokeswoman for a wildlife advocacy group says the Buddhist university should not even be applying for a lethal application for prairie dogs because it is against Buddhist principles.
University administrators say that they have no plans to kill the prairie dogs and have been working for the last four years to identify a possible relocation site.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera, supporters want Naropa to take extermination off the table entirely.