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black-tailed prairie dogs
Jessie Cohen, NZP photographer

Black-tailed Prairie Dogs

Populations of black-tailed prairie dogs exploded when predators such as foxes and coyotes were killed by settlers. Slaughter of prairie dogs by cattle ranchers contibuted to the decline of the endangered black-footed ferret, whose diet is 90 percent prairie dogs.

Black-tailed prairie dog facts

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