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Black-Tailed Prairie Dog

Cynomys ludovicianus

Description:

As I was taking a bike ride I stopped because I saw something move. As I looked to see what it was, I realized it was a prairie dog. The black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus), is a rodent of the family Sciuridae found in the Great Plains of North America. Unlike some other prairie dogs, these animals do not truly hibernate.The black-tailed prairie dog can be seen above ground in midwinter.

Habitat:

Black-tailed prairie dogs are native to grassland habitats in North America. They inhabit shortgrass prairie, mixed-grass prairie, sagebrush steppe,and desert grassland.

Notes:

Very very shy and alert. It was hard to get a picture.

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11 Comments

Captain Nature
Captain Nature 8 years ago

Yes it is.

Josh J
Josh J 8 years ago

That horrible.

Captain Nature
Captain Nature 8 years ago

According to Montana and perhaps other states as well, they are considered pests.

Josh J
Josh J 8 years ago

Why arnt they protected?

Josh J
Josh J 8 years ago

Wow so cool!

Captain Nature
Captain Nature 8 years ago

Yep. People here shoot them all the time for sport. They are not protected at all in my state:
Q. Do I need a license to shoot prairie dogs, white-tailed or black-tailed prairie dogs, in Montana?
A. Prairie dogs are currently classified under Montana statute as nongame wildlife. They are also classified as agricultural pests managed by the Montana Department of Agriculture. The Department of Agriculture does not regulate shooting of nongame wildlife. You do not need a license to shoot prairie dogs.

Source:http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/regulations/nongameFAQ.html

duttagupta35504
duttagupta35504 8 years ago

Oh my god! Awesome spotting. They look a bit like an oversized beaver...

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 8 years ago

iv read about the Black tailed prairie dog just now
it was sad to know that a beautiful creature like that is on a threat
it was said that it is a keystone species at some geographic areas also isnt it, so they should conserve.
try any conservation program to protect them at your area

Captain Nature
Captain Nature 8 years ago

Thanks bherath. Unfortunately out here the prarie dogs are getting run over and shot, and treated like varmits instead of living breathing animals.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 8 years ago

soooo cute
nice one Captain....

Captain Nature
Captain Nature 8 years ago

It was extremely hard being absolutely still during this spotting.

Captain Nature
Spotted by
Captain Nature

Cut Bank, Montana, USA

Spotted on May 27, 2013
Submitted on May 28, 2013

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