Larry Haverfield was a common man, as American as apple pie. He grew up loving Kansas and the prairie ranchland he worked his cattle on. But Larry had an innate sense that poisoning wildlife—especially prairie dogs—because of the myths that they ruin pastures, spread plague to humans, and cause livestock to break their legs, just wasn’t part of the natural order of things. So, he educated himself in the history of the prairie and better ranching techniques that allowed him to remain a successful businessman while doing right by nature. This won him few friends among his neighbors and Kansas county and state government. But he never cowered and he never gave up.
In 2005, with the help of Ron Klataske, Executive Director of Audubon of Kansas, the Haverfields and their neighbors, the Barnhardts, wrote a letter to the Fish and Wildlife Service, inviting it to assess their property for black-footed ferret reintroduction. Determining that the Haverfield Ranch was perfect habitat for the ferrets, in 2007 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released about fifty of this endangered species onto their land. Having the ferrets on the land helped Larry and his family, along with Audubon of Kansas and attorney Randy Rathbun, stand tall and win every battle they engaged in on behalf of Kansas Wildlife, all the way up to, and including, the Kansas Supreme Court. Larry Saves the Prairie is the story of how he became a true wildlife hero.
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