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Old 03-18-2013, 04:45 PM
 
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Prairie Dog May Be Losing a Long Battle to Survive - ABC News

There is no shortage of these things where I live. I have driven by the same prairie dog towns for 40 years.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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The government (don't recall if it's state or federal) is now asking some ranchers to allow prairie dog towns to grow as they're one of the main food sources for the black-footed ferret, once thought extinct but making a slow recovery in Wyoming. Sorry, I don't recall the details, but I read that in our local paper recently.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:30 PM
 
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A definite understatement: "You either love 'em, or hate 'em, but most people hate 'em."

The two things I looked for before I bought my west Texas farm were smelly stockyards and significant prairie dog colonies. If I had learned that either of these was closer than 5 miles from the place I was interested in, I went looking somewhere else. Black-tailed prairie dogs (BTPD) can literally destroy a piece of property in a matter of years by removing vegetation and by digging burrows. And too, I was aware of certain efforts to have the BTPD listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and I knew that, should that happen, any landowner control efforts would be prevented.

As to other people hating them, at some airports prairie dog colonies can attract burrowing owls which become a real danger for low-flying aircraft.

If a Federal agency is working with agricultural sectors to preserve prairie dogs in some areas, that could be the Animal Damage Control part of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, an agency of the Department of Agriculture. However, it is more likely work being done by the Fish and Wildlife Service an agency of the Department of the Interior in conjunction with ongoing recovery efforts for the Black-footed ferret, a species Federally listed as endangered under the ESA since the mid-1960s.
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