The Utah Prairie Dog Oversight Group (UPDOG) formerly known as UPDRIP (Utah Prairie Dog Recovery Implementation Program) establishes a multi-agency cooperative effort intended to implement the USFWS Recovery Plan and the State's Utah Prairie Dog Management Plan for Non-federal Lands by coordinating and facilitating the recovery of the Utah prairie dog while balancing and accommodating land uses and needs of the human population within the species range.
Several existing ongoing initiatives fall under the "umbrella" of UPDOG, while Partners also work to produce new cooperative projects on the ground to expedite recovery of the UPD and provide assistance to local landowners.
In addition, UPDOG provides the option to incorporate conservation and recovery actions for other native species within the range of the Utah prairie dog to the extent that such actions are consistent with the program goals.
The Program Document outlines the organizational and operational structure of UPDOG; signatories to the Program Document are committed to the goals and objectives of UPDOG.
Specifically, UPDOG goals are to:
Goal 1: Recover the Utah prairie dog so that it no longer requires protection under the Endangered Species Act; and
Goal 2: Allow for existing land uses and continued growth and development within the historic range of the Utah prairie dog.
- UPDOG's Recovery Implementation Team (RIT) meets October 22 to review the trapping and translocation efforts following the 2015 field season. The RIT will also further adapt the strategy for the next several trapping seasons.
- Trapping and translocation of Utah Prairie Dogs has concluded for this season (July and August) with approximately 2,600 animals removed from private, non-federal sites throughout Iron County and Garfield County. The 2015 Final Report is forthcoming.
- Dogs in the news.
- Appeal to be heard in U.S. District Court.