(2014) also found a higher number of native plants within prairie dog
colonies compared to undisturbed areas.
In 2010, thirty-two ranchers on the Western grasslands of South Dakota sued both the SDGFP and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture in state court for ongoing property damage allegedly caused by prairie dog
encroachment from federal lands.
Back when Asia was connected to North America via a land bridge, Siberian ferrets crossed into North America and made their way onto the prairies where they discovered they could feast on prairie dog
colonies, which ranged from southern Canada to northern Mexico and from Utah to eastern Kansas.
"Let's face it: The prairie dogs
are out there waiting for you," said Hoffman, whose stores (they also have a location in Mitchell, S.D.) carry a strong selection of youth-oriented hunting rifles.
Hoogland found that prairie dog
killers and their offspring had fewer fleas than nonkillers and their offspring, "but this trend was not significant," he says.
work together to gather and share food with the rest of their family group.
The black-tailed prairie dog
is a keystone species from the grasslands of North America that can modulate the assemblages of small mammals within their colonies (Ceballos et al., 1999; Cully et al., 2010).
are excellent models for a study of polyandry because they are easy to livetrap, mark, and observe.
Still, the most formidable challenge facing ferret recovery is whether suitable prairie dog
habitat will be available to achieve the objectives of establishing enough multiple, viable populations of black-footed ferrets in the wild.
Cattle grazed all four sites, and three of the sites had other disturbances--either by fires or by prairie dogs
. Augustine found the highest densities of plovers were on the burned sites and among prairie dog
Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to list the black-tailed prairie dog
(Cynomys ludovicianus; BTPD) as threatened throughout its range (USFWS 1999, Van Putten & Miller 1999).
At nearly 100 pages, Zack the Prairie Dog
is surprisingly longer than most children's picture books.
Black-footed ferrets once seemed locked in the eternal predator-prey dance with prairie dogs
. But as prairie dog
populations, once numbering in the hundreds of millions, were deeply reduced through poisoning and farming practices, ferret numbers too began losing ground.
Ferrets occur exclusively on prairie dog