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The Town of Castle Rock is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Douglas County, Colorado, United States.[6] The town population was 48,231 at the 2010 United States Census, ranking Castle Rock as the most populous town (rather than city) in the State of Colorado. It is named for the prominent, castle tower-shaped butte near the center of town. The town is part of the Front Range Urban Corridor and is located midway between Denver and Colorado Springs.

The region in and around Castle Rock was originally home to the Arapaho and Cheyenne people. They occupied the land between the Arkansas and South Platte Rivers.

On March 9 through the 13th the town of Castle Rock permitted the extermination of an entire colony of prairie dogs. This prairie dog colony was one of the largest colonies in the state.[7] More than a thousand prairie dogs were exterminated by poison gas pellets, which cause the prairie dogs to internally hemorrhage and bleed out. The purpose of the extermination was to build a mall. The method of exterminations kills other wildlife as well, such as Bald Eagles and Ferruginous Hawks which prey on prairie dogs.[8] Numerous individuals and organizations offered to relocate the prairie dogs.[9] However, the town and Alberta Development Partners LLC. refused to collaborate with the organizations. Though city officials said traps were being laid, the prairie dogs were actually poisoned and then the prairie dog holes were filled in to prevent the animals from escaping.[10] A group of protestors urged concerned citizens to contact their representatives and other members involved in the extermination. Other cities in Colorado have regulations which require developers to relocate prairie dogs rather than exterminate them[11]

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