Wednesday, August 18, 2010
There are five different species of prairie dog, and these are: black-tailed, white-tailed, Gunnison, Utah, and Mexican. There are more of the black-tailed prairie dogs than of the other types. But the most important thing to know about prairie dogs is that they are extremely yummy to eat. Okay, I will admit that I have never personally eaten a prairie dog, but they look very plump and juicy to me. All I have to do is see the pictures of them and my mouth starts watering.
Prairie dogs also do other good stuff for the environment, like for instance, the tunnels they dig are good places for mountain plovers and burrowing owls to make their nests. And big animals like bison, pronghorn, and mule deer like to graze on the land where prairie dogs live.
But a lot of people don't like prairie dogs, and they go to a lot of trouble to get them off their land. And the reasons they don't like them are (1) prairie dogs can eat crops, (2) prairie dogs can carry diseases such as the plague, and (3) horses might step in a prairie dog hole and break their leg. Of these three reasons, the first two are true reasons, but the third one can't really be proved that it has ever happened.
Anyway, another day, I will tell you about black-footed ferrets, because they really do get to eat prairie dogs. And also I had a Special Request to write about black-footed ferrets sometime. Maybe I will even do that tomorrow. Or not. You just never know what I will do.