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Old 10-26-2006, 06:10 PM   #1
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Prairie Dog Protection

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Most prairie dog species are offered no protections by the Unites States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). A few states with prairie dog habitat do post seasonal shooting closures on prairie dogs. The USFWS, it should be noted, has faced extreme pressure from farmers, ranchers, developers, and government officials to NOT offer prairie dogs' federal protection.

Aside from the argument that all life is precious, the prairie dog is a recognized keystone (or integral) species of the short -grass prairie ecosystem. They contribute to the lives of the other mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects of the prairie, by providing habitat and food. Abandoned burrows are frequently used as homes by burrowing owls, white-tailed rabbits, badgers, weasels, snakes, and even foxes. Prairie dogs' churning activities aerate the soil to allow for more water penetration, while their nitrogen-rich dung improves the quality of the soil and surrounding vegetation. As a prey base, the prairie dog supports a wide variety of species. The swift fox, the coyote, weasels, snakes, hawks, eagles, and the endangered black-footed ferret are just a few of the predators who rely on prairie dogs for food.

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