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Social Network Research Could Boost Conservation Efforts For Prairie Dogs
2014-07-29 03:28:36

North Carolina State University Researchers using statistical tools to map social connections in prairie dogs have uncovered relationships that escaped traditional observational techniques, shedding light on prairie dog communities that may help limit the spread of bubonic plague and guide future conservation efforts. The work was done by researchers from North Carolina State University and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). “Prairie dogs are increasingly rare and...

Prairie Dog Polygamy Pros And Cons
2013-12-05 09:09:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While polygamy can increase the risk of exposure to diseases and parasites, the likelihood that female prairie dogs will give birth to more offspring often makes mating with more than one male worth the risk, new research claims. The paper, which was prepared by behavioral ecologist John Hoogland of University of Maryland, reported that the herbivorous rodents that mated with multiple males were likely to rear more offspring...

2013-08-19 23:17:58

An article in the current issue of the Journal of Mammalogy provides insights into the reasons female prairie dogs copulate with several males, also known as polyandry. While the results of this study showed that this practice increases birth rates, it also can decrease the mother's chances of survival. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) August 19, 2013 Female organisms commonly copulate with multiple male partners, and prairie dogs are no exceptions. The question is, why do females undergo...

Prairie Dogs Disperse When All Other family Members Have Disappeared
2013-03-08 12:14:15

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Prairie dogs pull up stakes and look for a new place to live when all their close kin have disappeared from their home territory--a striking pattern of dispersal that has not been observed for any other species. This is according to a new study published in Science by behavioral ecologist John Hoogland, Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Appalachian Laboratory. He has been studying the ecology...

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2010-08-04 10:45:00

Prairie dogs, once abundant in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, have been decimated in recent decades by plague "“ a virulent bacterial disease spread by fleas. Plague outbreaks periodically sweep through large prairie dog towns with thousands of inhabitants, killing virtually the entire population within months. Other prairie dogs move in and build a new colony, which eventually is wiped out when the disease returns. This pattern of re-colonization followed by devastation can...

2009-11-05 17:05:00

WELLINGTON, Colo., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The endangered black-footed ferrets inhabit prairie dog towns in the western U.S. This rare carnivore feeds on prairie dogs. The prairie dogs are very susceptible to plague and often entire population die-offs in towns occur. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has implemented a ferret breeding program and has been releasing trained, captive ferrets into their formerly native habitat. Unfortunately, plague can sweep through and decimate...

2009-06-23 15:35:00

Prairie dogs may seem like harmless little creatures, but they can inflict serious injury on plants simply by snacking on them. Plants cannot flee from their furry predators, so how do they avoid becoming a prairie dog's lunch?Dr. John Freeman and colleagues explore the role of metal hyperaccumulation in plant defense in the June 2009 issue of the American Journal of Botany. Certain plants species growing on soils with high metal content (such as arsenic, copper, selenium, and lead)...

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2009-02-02 10:30:00

An environmental group released a report on Monday suggesting prairie dogs are being threatened across the West due to habitat loss, shooting and poisoning, the Associated Press reported.North America's five species of prairie dogs have lost more than 90 percent of their historical range, according to the WildEarth Guardians report.The report graded three federal land management agencies and a dozen states on their actions over the past year to protect prairie dogs and their habitat.Arizona...

2008-09-03 15:00:22

By CHET BROKAW INTERIOR, S.D. -- On the grasslands a few miles from the pinnacles and spires of Badlands National Park, federal wildlife officials have been waging a war since spring to save one of the country's largest colonies of endangered black-footed ferrets. The deadly disease sylvatic plague was discovered in May in a huge prairie dog town in the Conata Basin. The black-tailed prairie dog is the main prey of ferrets, and the disease quickly killed up to a third of the area's 290...

2008-09-02 21:00:11

By Laura Bauer KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jeffrey Harsh admits he would try just about anything to save the prairie dog. Not content to sit and watch counties and landowners across the plains wipe the land clean of the critters, he wants to do something - plead the case of the prairie dog, if you will. His recent plea has some wildlife preservationists nodding their heads in agreement but other folks, well, chuckling in their chairs. The theory - espoused by others over the years - is that...


Latest Prairie dog Reference Libraries

Black-tailed Prairie Dog, Cynomys ludovicianus
2012-07-25 06:59:18

The black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) is native to the United States, occurring in the Great Plains to both the border of Canada and Mexico. Its range includes areas in Mexico, but no longer includes Arizona. This species was one of two prairie dog species to be described by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition. It prefers a habitat within grasslands, but their habitat choices do depend on soil type, rainfall, slope angles, and vegetation cover. The black-tailed prairie...

Mexican Prairie Dog, Cynomys mexicanus
2012-07-22 13:09:39

The Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus) is a rodent that is native to Mexico. It is related to squirrels and chipmunks. These prairie dogs prefer to burrow in soil without rocks on plains, and can live at altitudes between 5,250 and 7,200 feet. Its northern range includes San Luis Potosi and its southern range includes areas of Coahuila. The Mexican prairie dog can reach an average body length of up to seventeen inches, and an average weight of 2.2 pounds. The overall fur color is...

White Tailed Prairie Dog, Cynomys leucurus
2012-04-23 07:58:25

The white tailed prairie dog (Cynomys leucurus) is located in western Colorado, western Wyoming, and in small areas in southern Montana and eastern Utah.  In Wyoming, where the largest populations are located, they are colloquially called “chiselers”. The white tailed prairie dog is tannish brown in color, with a white tipped tail and large eyes. Above and below each eye is a dark cheek patch.  They live in a generally higher altitude than other prairie dog species, at 5,000 to 10,000...

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2006-12-12 14:39:19

The prairie dog (Cynomys) is a small, burrowing rodent native to the grasslands of North America. This stout-bodied rodent will grow to be between 12 and 16 inches (30 and 40 cm) long, including its short tail. They are found throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In the United States, prairie dogs are primarily found west of the Mississippi River. They have also been introduced into a few eastern locales. Biology and behavior The highly social prairie dogs live in large...

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2005-06-02 10:55:54

Prairie dogs native to both North and Central America are small stout-bodied burrowing rodents with shallow cheek pouches. An average size is 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) long. In the United States prairie dogs are primarily found west of the Mississippi River, but they have been introduced into a few eastern locales. All are herbivores, and in settled regions they sometimes damage crops severely. They have been eliminated from certain areas of the Great Plains where ranchers regard them...

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Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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