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State and Federal Agencies Still Largely Failing to Protect Prairie Dogs

February 2, 2016
Taylor Jones (720) 443-2615 tjones@wildearthguardians.org
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Wildlife   Black-tailed prairie dog, Gunnison’s prairie dog, Utah prairie dog
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Guardians releases Report from the Burrow annually on Prairie Dog Day (more commonly known as Groundhog Day), to draw attention to the plight of perhaps the most important species to maintaining and restoring healthy grassland ecosystems. Prairie dogs are key ecosystem engineers, providing habitat and food for scores of other species including endangered black-footed ferrets, badgers, bobcats, burrowing owls and ferruginous hawks. Currently, they occupy only 1 to 2 percent of their former range.