GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Campbell County Commission has expressed concerns to federal officials about problems with prairie dogs on the Thunder Basin National Grassland.

They voiced their concerns this week in a meeting with U.S. Forest Service district ranger Shane Walker.

The Gillette News Record reports that the prairie dog population on the grassland has exploded. Area ranchers say the prairie dogs interfere with their cattle grazing operations.

The Forest Service is proposing to form a coalition that would include representatives of the Campbell, Weston and Converse county governments to discuss issues related to the grassland.

Walker says the coalition is a way to address prairie dog concerns.

But Campbell County Commissioner Micky Shober says he thought it would be a waste of time.

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