The Prairie Dog Park in Wichita Falls is well known, but north of the Red River, there’s one in Elmer Thomas Park, but new developments have revealed the city of Lawton will have to pay a state fine due to prairie dog mismanagement.

Those violations include the city’s use of pesticides, storage, licensing and record keeping.

The city contested some of the allegations.

The ODAA reduced the penalty and agreed to a settlement of $2,500 which was approved at last nights city council meeting. 

In the settlement, the city doesn’t admit to any wrongdoing. Instead, the city manager said the purpose of this program is to protect the heath and safety of our citizens as well as to maintain a healthy and viable prairie dog population for years to come.