in Grass

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258396
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944527 | DOI:

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Most colonies of black-tailed prairie dogs had been exterminated in southwestern New Mexico. This chapter narrates the prairie dog restoration project proposed by the author. It also discusses both the positive and negative implications of prairie dogs. Prairie dogs reduce rangeland condition. They graze very intensively. As colonies age, the grass cover within colonies declines and the condition trends from good to poor on the traditional rangeland manager's scale. Prairie dogs also benefit rare wildlife. The black-footed ferret, often billed as North America's most endangered mammal, needs dogtowns to survive.

Keywords: prairie dogs; prairie dog restoration; grass cover; wildlife; black-footed ferret

Chapter.  3518 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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