Guardians, Prairie Dog Coalition of the Humane Society of the United States launch tool for creating prairie dog management plans

March 27, 2019

Want to protect prairie dogs in your community? You’re in luck: Guardians and the Prairie Dog Coalition of the Humane Society of the United States have released a tool for communities interested in creating prairie dog management plans, preventing conflict, and conserving these keystone species.

The guide covers everything from prairie dog ecology, to the role of state and federal agencies in conserving prairie dogs, to the components of a conservation plan. It also covers barrier installation and best practices for relocation. The guide is intended for local governments and stakeholders.

Vilified in some locations as destructive pests, prairie dogs are, on the contrary, an integral part of the prairie ecosystem. Hawks, owls, foxes and ferrets, and many others depend on prairie dogs for food and on their burrows for shelter. With prairie dog populations declining and most species left unprotected under federal or state law, local communities can play an important role in prairie dog conservation by including prairie dogs in their planning process.

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