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Boulder City Council members opted Tuesday to delay voting on a measure to expand lethal and non-lethal control of prairie dogs until a later date.

City Council members were scheduled to vote on a measure to mitigate prairie dogs on select irrigated agricultural land that’s managed by Open Space and Mountain Parks.

But a three-hour public hearing with about 100 speakers did not finish until almost midnight Tuesday, and Mayor Sam Weaver asked Council members to consider delaying the decision.

“I don’t see any good way we could have a hearing right now, with a thoughtful debate or more questions or discussion,” Weaver said. “I’m open to suggestions if anybody wants to try, but it seems like continuing the item for another meeting and planning an hour and a half to two hours will give us time to come back, ask questions, debate and make a decision.”

On Wednesday, Mayor Pro Tem Bob Yates said the Council Agenda Committee, which sets meeting schedules, will decide when to take up the prairie dog motion. It will likely come before Council again later this summer or in the fall, Yates said.

Because of the long public hearing, Council members also delayed a financial and legislative update and an update from the charter committee on the emergency suspension of charter provisions.

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