For over two decades, Lu Ann Sidney has served as principal at LNS Consulting Services, a Michigan-based consultancy that works with medical device and sterilization companies. Alongside her professional pursuits, Lu Ann Sidney supports the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its Prairie Dog Coalition.
A species that once lived in 12 western states, as well as Mexico and Canada, the prairie dog occupies less than 10 percent of its historic ranges. Along with the natural threats the species faces, land development, hunting, and other human-led actions have contributed to drastically reducing the prairie dog population, which is now down by 95 percent.
The HSUS Prairie Dog Coalition is working to save this important animal through a five-pronged approach that focuses on habitat protection and species relocation. The Coalition also works to create buffer zones and visual barriers to help prevent prairie dog populations from moving into grazing land and other areas where they are not welcome. Other activities of the group include conservation education programs aimed at government agencies and members of the public.
Those interested in getting involved with the Prairie Dog Coalition can contribute to the group financially or serve as a volunteer. More information is available at www.humanesociety.org.