According to the Director's Species Importation List from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and my discussion with the State Veterinarian, Dr. Fly, prairie dogs are prohibited as pets to the general public in New Mexico. Exemption permits are allowed for scientific study, department approved restoration and recovery projects, zoological display, temporary events, use as a service animal, or by a qualified expert (pursuant 19 NMAC 35.7). Also, since two species of prairie dog (Mexican and Utah) are federally endangered/threatened respectively and are rarely seen in New Mexico, they prohibit all species to avoid question and concern.
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Last edited by Gena Seaberg; 01-12-2011 at 12:45 PM.