CRETE, Neb. (AP) _ A Nebraska university has sold a parcel believed to hold the state’s easternmost colony of black-tailed prairie dogs.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Doane University’s Board of Trustees sold the 320-acre land last month for $2.6 million to the Lovegrove family, whose farming operation surrounds the parcel. The board will return the proceeds to its endowment.
The university’s students had been using the land as a prairie dog research lab.
Attorney Christin Lovegrove says the family is willing to work with the university to find a solution for the prairie dogs.
Doane’s former vice president for academic affairs Maureen Franklin says the university should’ve done more to save the colony. She says conservation groups are discussing a plan to move the prairie dogs, but most could die in the process.