Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Animal Fans Love Mayor for Saving Prairie Dogs.(Final)

Byline: Jim Ludwick Journal Staff Writer

Mayor Martin Chavez's effort to help prairie dogs has captured the imagination of people all over the United States.

He has received hundreds of letters and e-mails offering the most gushing praise a politician could dream of receiving: He's a hero, valiant, compassionate, brave, thoughtful, a model for children and there should be more men like him in the world.

Chavez seems a little flabbergasted but happy.

"I think it's great. It's interesting," the mayor said Friday. "Apparently, prairie dogs have a larger constituency than balanced budgets."

Chavez last fall banned the poisoning of prairie dogs in city parks. …

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