Prairie Dog Pals is looking for an entrepreneur who would be willing to market special items donated by our dedicated advocates who have given Prairie Dog Pals items with a value that likely exceeds what could be reasonably obtained at a garage sale. These items could include TVs, appliances, furniture, art pieces, wall hangings, household decor, special books, special jewelry, VHS movies and the odd unique pieces that would require a wider audience in order to be marketed for a better price. I envision a social media/ computer savvy person who could photograph items and then post them with a brief description to Craigslist (Albuquerque only), Ebay (only specific items), Nextdoor Neighbor, and Facebook. This person would be allowed to take the necessary time to promote any items he/she thinks they could market, and with PDP would negotiate a fair percentage for their trouble. This may include allowances for pick-ups from their residence or deliveries – if necessary. PDP would provide a simple form for the documentation of any sales to be in compliance with non-profit financial obligations.
Another prime photo. We had the privilege of working with Ashley this summer. She was a woman possessed and no task could thwart her! A pleasure to work with, highly dependable and very very gentle with the prairie dogs. She loaded 65 prairie dogs on her second day of work at the Sevilleta in June. Here, a few months later, she is holding Gordo. Gordo had a checkered past. He was captured from Bosque Farms and was fine robust prairie dog until about 3 days before the release. On checking his tank C Rex noticed a lesion on his right cheek. A large lesion. Gordo had been chewed. While the wound was not life threatening it did need treatment and Gordo missed 2 releases. He was held from June until late August. By then the lax life in the staging facility had taken its toll and gordo put on the ounces and shed a bit of his natural coloring. At processing he came in at a robust 1740 grams. Fortunately the wound fully healed, just look at the right side of his face…and he was released in early September. Ashley not only processed him, but release him the next day.
PDP has had to the privilege of working with the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge staff, interns, and volunteers over the years. EVERYONE is positive, focused, innovative, cooperative, and a pleasure to work with. This picture of Maggie, taken by Jim personifies their commitment and enthusiasm! Woo hoo Maggie!
The endangered black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) is affected by plague, caused by Yersinia pestis, both directly, as a cause of mortality, and indirectly, because of the impacts of plague on its prairie dog (Cynomys spp.) prey base. Recent developments in vaccines and vaccine delivery have raised the possibility of plague control in prairie dog populations, thereby protecting ferret populations. A large-scale experimental investigation across the western US shows that sylvatic plague vaccine delivered in oral baits can increase prairie dog survival. In northern Colorado, an examination of the efficacy of insecticides to control fleas and plague vaccine shows that timing and method of plague control is important, with different implications for long-term and large-scale management of Y. pestis delivery. In both cases, the studies show that ambitious field-work and cross-sectoral collaboration can provide potential solutions to difficult issues of wildlife management, conservation and disease ecology.
This is an interesting article about a squirrel with malocclusion. Over the years we have captured prairie dogs with similar problems. Sometimes a simple clipping of the teeth sets them to right. Other times the malocclusion cannot be rectified and the animal cannot be released. In these cases the prairie dog and the person fostering it face a decision of removing the incisors or a lifetime of trimming. Jim T previously and is currently fostering such a prairie dog.
Here’s the original note that appeared on our Facebook page: Congrats to Mikey! As he was processing in today, doing the 2/4/20 (2 eyes, 4 teeth, 20 toes) he noted that the PD had ram’s horn teeth. The disorder is usually caused by dislocation of the teeth preventing them from meeting and keeping the upper and lower incisors in check. In this particular case the PD had been born without lower teeth, or had lost them at some point in its life. Eventually they would have grown through roof of the mouth and caused death by starvation or infection. YB and C Rex, trimmed the teeth but without lower teeth to keep the uppers in check, it is likely this this PD will not be released. While I don’t have a picture the upper teeth were about 1″ long and curved back into the mouth. The fact that this PD did not starve indicates that he was able to get enough nutrition using his molars.
It is reassuring that the treatment seems to work well for prairie dogs as well. Read More: Treatment of malocclusion in squirrel