FLORENCE — The gila monster was stoic; Tracy and Shauna the black tailed prairie dogs were divas and Mark the Harris Hawk was more interested in scoping out the Shoals Christian School gym today than sitting on display.
Such were the personalities of some of the seven desert-dwelling animals presented to students Tuesday by Bob Tarter, of the Natural History Educational Company of the MidSouth.
Tarter’s “Desert Adaptations” program starred animals who survive on unique prey and with very few resources. The animals were all indigenous to the U.S. desert Southwest, Australia, Egypt and Africa.
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D Cary Nicole L Lukovsky-Akhsanov Nadia F Gallardo-Romero Cassandra M Tansey Sharon D Ostergaard Willie D Taylor Jr Clint N Morgan Nathaniel Powell George W Lathrop And Christina L Hutson C.
In this study, we evaluated the pharmacokinetic profiles of meloxicam and sustained-release (SR) buprenorphine in prairiedogs. The 4 treatment groups were: low-dose meloxicam (0.2 mg/kg SC), high-dose meloxicam (4 mg/kg SC), low-dosebuprenorphine SR (0.9 mg/kg SC), and high-dose buprenorphine SR (1.2 mg/kg SC). The highest plasma concentrationsoccurred within 4 h of administration for both meloxicam treatment groups. The therapeutic range of meloxicam in prairiedogs is currently unknown. However, as compared with the therapeutic range documented in other species (0.39 – 0.91 μg/mL),the mean plasma concentration of meloxicam fell below the minimal therapeutic range prior to 24 h in the low-dose groupbut remained above therapeutic levels for more than 72 h in the high-dose group. These findings suggest that the currentmeloxicam dosing guidelines may be subtherapeutic for prairie dogs. The highest mean plasma concentration for buprenorphineSR occurred at the 24-h time point (0.0098 μg/mL) in the low-dose group and at the 8-h time point (0.015 μg/mL) forthe high-dose group. Both dosages of buprenorphine SR maintained likely plasma therapeutic levels (0.001 μg/mL, basedon previous rodent studies) beyond 72 h. Given the small scale of the study and sample size, statistical analysis was not performed. The only adverse reactions in this study were mild erythematous reactions at injection sites for buprenorphine SR.
The article does not address the fact that prairie dogs have declined by up to 98% in population and range over the past 120 years thanks to the reasons stated: The animals have faced declining numbers due to plague, loss of habitat (ranching, farming, urban development), and other issues.
The Denver Post reports a recent federal survey conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists shows the animals have two times more habitat than expected at 500,000 acres.
These rodents help sustain endangered black-footed ferrets and more than 100 other species on the Great Plains.
Environmentalists, developers and the state tend to clash when it comes to prairie dogs.
The animals have faced declining numbers due to plague, urban development, and other issues.
Tina Jackson of Colorado Parks and Wildlife says a listing of a species like this would have a huge impact on landowners and restrict activities on their property.
She said a lack of adequate space for prairie dogs would trigger ecological impacts.
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It has been reported that U.S. Wildlife Services have been relentlessly killing wildlife species, including black bears, coyotes, prairie dogs and river otters. A few million creatures have been literally massacred.
To make matters worse is that this massive wildlife carnage has been perpetrated to placate ranchers and farmers. Ranchers and farmers slaughter millions of cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs, lambs and other so-called “food animals.”
This is an egregious travesty rooted in irreverence for the lives of animals that warrant respect instead of extermination.
— Brien Comerford, Glenview