The Prairie Dogs By Glenda Goertzen Philippe Béha Phillipe Beha, Prairie dog Prairie dogs are herbivorous burrowing rodents native to the grasslands of North America The five species are black tailed, white tailed, Gunnison s, Utah, and Mexican prairie dogs They are a type of ground squirrel, found in North America In Mexico, prairie dogs are found primarily in the northern states, which lie at the southern end of the Great Plains northeastern Sonora, north and northeastern Prairie Dog Defenders of Wildlife Prairie dogs are considered a keystone species because their colonies create islands of habitat that benefit approximately other species They are also a food source for many animals, including mountain plover, burrowing owl, Ferruginous hawks, swift fox and endangered black footed ferrets. Prairie Dogs National Geographic Prairie dogs live in underground burrows, extensive warrens of tunnels and chambers marked by many mounds of packed earth at their surface entrances. surprising prairie dog facts Stories WWF Keeping and Caring for Prairie Dogs as Pets Prairie Dog as Pets Behavior and Temperament Being very social creatures, prairie dogs will become depressed Housing Providing a natural environment where a prairie dog can burrow Food and Water A natural prairie dog diet consists primarily of grasses, with some brush, roots, Common Prairie Dogs The black tailed prairie dog historically inhabited much of the central plains but through loss of habitat and direct extermination, populations have been significantly reduced Black tailed prairie dogs across most of Open Space and Mountain Parks OSMP grassland habitats and in other areas, including irrigated agricultural lands. Prairie Dogs Theodore Roosevelt National Park U.S Black tailed prairie dogs Cynomys ludovicianus once ranged the Great Plains from southern Saskatchewan to northern Mexico Originally named petits chiens, or little dogs, by early French explorers, these highly social animals are not really dogs, but rodents.
Silver Birch Award shortlist, 2005 Diamond Willow Award nominee 2006Saskatchewan Book Awards Shortlist Children s Book, 2005 Look out here come the Prairie Dogs He used to be known as Prince Pierrot Rudolphe IV He used to perform at dog shows to please his masters now he does what he pleases He used to live the lonely life of the star, traveling to cities everywheSilver Birch Award shortlist, 2005 Diamond Willow Award nominee 2006Saskatchewan Book Awards Shortlist Children s Book, 2005 Look out here come the Prairie Dogs He used to be known as Prince Pierrot Rudolphe IV He used to perform at dog shows to please his masters now he does what he pleases He used to live the lonely life of the star, traveling to cities everywhere in a silver coach Now he travels on four paws through the dusty streets of Silvertree, a tiny town in the middle of nowhere And he travels with three new friends Dare, the terrier that nothing can scare Mouse, the loyal sidekick with a taste for bugs and Mew, the pup who thinks she s a cat Together they call themselves the Prairie Dogs, a happy go lucky gang of strays that spends its days scrounging meals and playing in the park Nothing serious Pierre s a Good Dog, after all, and someday his masters will return for him Until then, he plans to enjoy his free and easy life, and try to stay out of trouble Too bad trouble comes looking for him There s the wild wolf dog, for one thing, and the enraged dogcatcher who thinks Pierre s the one who killed his prize peacocks There s the Great Dane Titan, and the skunk babies whom Mew adopts And there s the Bull Dogs, the posse of roughnecks who think a dog with Pierre s brains belongs with them too bad about the sissy haircut Before long, Pierre and Dare are head to head with the Bull Dogs, trying to save the life of the only human in town they care about.