A developer will pay $60,000 to move a prairie dog colony from the site of his proposed development in Boulder.
The Daily Camera reports that the city announced this week that Bruce Dierking will pay Boulder to move the colony from the Colorado National Guard Armory site to a city-owned habitat conservation area.
Dierking plans to build 200 middle-income apartments at the site where roughly 50 to 100 prairie dogs currently live. For weeks he had offered to pay $5,000 to any private land owner willing to take the prairie dogs, but no suitable takers emerged.
The $60,000 will go toward offsetting the city's costs of managing the land the prairie dogs are moving to.
If the state approves a relocation permit the prairie dogs should be moved by Nov. 1.