Wildlife officials: No special protections for white-tailed prairie dog
U.S. wildlife officials say the white-tailed prairie dog does not need special protections under the Endangered Species Act because it’s in no danger of extinction across the U.S. West.
Tuesday’s announcement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service culminates a lengthy review of the squirrel-sized rodent’s legal status. Its range includes portions of Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and Utah.
Biologists say poisoning campaigns, plague and habitat loss have significantly reduced the white-tailed prairie dog’s abundance versus historical levels. But despite the threats, officials say the animal has proven resilient and adaptable, and therefore is in no danger of extinction within the foreseeable future.
Prairie dogs get their name from a barking sound they use when intruders enter their colonies. White-tailed prairie dogs are one of five prairie dogs species in North America.
After four years of hard work, members of Moffat County High School’s Class of 2019 are striving to keep going for greatness in the world, and the Bulldogs who took top honors during graduation aren’t just sitting on their laurels.