Dr. Robert R. Parmenter
What we do for wildlife:
1. We gather scientifically valid, research grade data on our local animals to help validate and document their existence. We focus on the larger animals; black bears, mule deer, mountain lions, elk, pronghorn, and bobcats, but we gather information and document the little guys too, as well as birds, insects, and reptiles.
2. We help people live with, rather than kill, their wild neighbors. We give talks, write articles, respond to emailed questions, host a website, and train volunteers in wildlife track and sign identification.
How you can help us, and our wild relatives:
1. Renew your membership/make a donation! It really does help us!
2. Send us your animal stories/sightings, this really helps them! You can send to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to: iNaturalist.org · Pathways
3. Drive slowly in Placitas! and watch out for your wild neighbors.
Thank You! from all of us at Pathways: Wildlife Corridors of NM
WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) –
Hundreds of people are upset with a new project at Kiwanis Park.
Jim Dockery, the Wichita Falls Deputy City Manager, said what once started with two prairie dogs 40 years ago has now turned into a big health concern after they escaped their containment area. Read more: Texas
Prairie dog protection activists want the Longmont City Council to impose new restrictions on private property owners’ current ability to exterminate prairie dogs.
The Spring garage sale will be held on Friday, 16 March and Saturday 17 March from 8AM to 4PM (weather permitting). It will be held at 917 Morris St NE and will be run by Debbie Stevenson and other volunteers. If you have donations for the Garage Sale you can contact Debbie on 505 205 7966 or Ed Urbanski on 505 296 1937 to arrange for a drop off. As it will be PD season it would be best if you contacted Debbie for the drop off.
So we have started collecting donations today. If you want to help with the sale, or have something to donate, of know someone who has stuff to donate, we are now accepting volunteers and donations!
If you want an acknowledgement letter please give Ed Urbanski an inventory and value (total will work).
The 2018 season begins. On 9 March, Debbie, Jim and C Rex were out at Indian School trapping. The weather was pleasant if not a bit cool. We set out the traps and waited. Debbie believes that the PDs are a bit skittish and I would have to agree as the PD in the trap was the only one C Rex saw. We are clearing this site in advance of construction. In 2017 we removed 125 but there were a few hold outs that we are trying to get! Woo Hoo it begins again!
Debbie shows how it’s done!
Available for a limited time only (well maybe longer if we sell them all). Thanks to Jim T we have acquired a number of black, XL, T shirts that we are selling for $20 each. They are excellent quality, 100% cotton and look really sharp. What better way to start the spring than with a new PD t shirt that supports PDP’s efforts! We now have a square account so can take credit cards, or you could do Network for Good or Paypal, but you must let me know that it was for a T shirt. Shipping is $5, so the total would be $25. The t shirts would be shipped via USPS! Woo Hoo. You can email C Rex at email@example.com
Note: The following is a fund raiser to publish a book through the Jane Goodall Institute/Roots and Shoots. You can check it out by following the link to the page.
My name is Alan Bartels. During breakfast with my friend, Jane Goodall, it was suggested that I write a children’s book about prairie dogs and the many animals which rely on prairie dogs for food, and use their burrows for shelter. The book is now written and illustrated. The illustrator and I are donating the proceeds of this book to Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program. And, Jane wrote the foreword to the book. We need $12,000 for printing, for marketing, website development and creation of promotional materials and nationwide distribution.
Prairie dogs inhabit less than 1% of their former range. What is left is highly fragmented. This book makes enemies of nobody, and teaches that anyone can make a difference – even a young child. I hope you’ll make a difference by contributing today. Thank you.
The annual meeting was conducted on 28 January 2018; you can click on the link below to read the minutes of the meeting.
Amazon Shoppers: There has been considerable discussion about how to use amazon smile to benefit Prairie Dog Pals. If you use this link when you shop Amazon a portion of your purchase will benefit Prairie Dog Pals. The link is basically amazon smile + our tax number: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/85-0392843
AMARILLO – In December, we introduced you to Peanut the prairie dog.
He is one of the lovable and well-known rescues at Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Peanut is now officially off-the-market.
The same wit and charm that made him a favorite on social media has snagged him a companion.
When we first met Peanut, it was all about Cheerios and his new bachelor pad, but a lot has changed in two months.
Now it’s all about snuggles with his new boo.
Read more: PDs in love….
MEDICINE PARK Well, it was Groundhog Day, again – at least in some parts of the country.
In the cobblestone community, Punxsutawney Phil and his groundhog brethren were cast aside as false prophets bearers of untrue weather forecasts and fake news. Friday was not “Groundhog Day;” it was “Packrat Day.” Even Elmer Thomas Elmo and his prairie dog compatriots were not immune from scorn, as the Medicine Park Aquarium and Natural Sciences Center consulted its own prophesying prodigy rodent, Biscuit the Packrat, to determine whether Southwest Oklahoma would see six more weeks of winter or enjoy an early spring.
Doug Kemper, executive director, said Biscuit would not hold back against anyone who questioned her abilities or her standing as the portending packrat.
“Perhaps if they wanted to be taken more seriously, they could come out more often, instead of staying inside for the whole winter and only appearing after spring has arrived,” he said.
It was a cold, blustery and fairly wintry Friday morning when residents and delegates gathered at the aquarium to hear the prognostications of the packrat. When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing among the people and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, few could imagine a better fate.
Among the crowd was Mayor Jennifer Ellis, decked in a bright red coat and sparkling black top hat the true uniform of the master of ceremonies. She gave a short speech that emphasized the history of the holiday formerly known as Groundhog Day while espousing the foretelling nature of Biscuit’s talents. Phil may be the only true “groundhog forecaster,” but groundhog forecasters don’t have an impeccable track record. A packrat’s record is still pristine.
“At first, when Biscuit the Packrat first came to the Medicine Park Aquarium, the staff thought she was an ordinary southern plains packrat,” Ellis said. “However, after careful observation, we think Biscuit may have strange meteorological powers. Perhaps, Biscuit is able to predict future weather events. Or perhaps not.”
Biscuit, happily sheltered from the biting cold and blustery winds in a plastic ball, was plucked from a cardboard box and held up in the air for all gathered to see. The sun shone brightly overhead in the morning hours, but Biscuit claimed not to have seen a shadow. Perhaps it was the plastic diffusing the solar rays. Perhaps it was the poor eyesight of the packrat. Or perhaps Biscuit knew something no one else in attendance did that groundhogs cannot predict the weather and their methods are flawed. But the presumptuous packrat predicted an early spring no matter whether a shadow was spotted or not.
If you missed Kim Fundingsland’s amusing pondering “No groundhog for Minot” Friday, pick the issue back up or check it out online. Kim – awarded in 2017 by the North Dakota Newspaper Association for a humor column – takes on Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day and suggested that we in Minot need our own psychic rodent. The only problem? Our region doesn’t have any! We have prairie dogs, but there is not a Prairie Dog Day and it isn’t the same critter anyway. Well Kim heard from readers who agreed that the community needs to find, support and create a whole new celebration around a local groundhog – or at least that it’s good in theory.
“While it does smack a bit of animal (or even people) cruelty – dragging a sleeping victim out of his quiet, warm, cozy den into the frigid Minot air (without so much as a hot cup of coffee), into the chaotic cacophony of a horde of raucous revelers creating an unconscionable amount of noise not conducive to a gentle awakening – the idea has some merit,” wrote Frances.
“Merit for what good purpose sadly escapes me.”
“However, should you carry on with this Quixotic quest for more Minot magic, we wish you full speed ahead. And if you are the courageous one destined to brave the claws and teeth of a grumpy rodent, underwhelmed at the prospect of immense popularity at the expense of a good winter’s sleep, we advise thick leather gloves – and remind you to make sure your shots are all up to date.”
“Yes! Bring on Magic City Melvin!” argued email writer Deb. “We do indeed have woodchucks in this area, at Long Lake for certain. I have seen them a couple of times there.
“I’d be in the crowd with a cup of hot coffee in hand, ready to welcome this little furry prognosticator! What fun to have our own local weather hero! ND residents certainly know the realities of winter here, but we are also an optimistic population that can look at the hopeful side (no matter how misguided), whether he sees his shadow or not!”
There are worse causes. If anyone has an idea how to get the needed support for our good friends at Roosevelt Park Zoo to adopt an honest-to-goodness groundhog around which we can launch a new holiday, drop Kim a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exhibit would also feature plants and trees that are found in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Finally, the zoo would create exhibits for wolves, mountain lions, jaguars, thick-billed parrots, prairie dogs, reptiles and several other animals found in the desert.
Read more: El Paso
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An attempt to overturn Nebraska‘s prairie dog management law could surface again in this year’s legislative session after an earlier effort failed.
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha designated the repeal bill as his priority on Wednesday, increasing the odds it will get debated again.
Chambers is trying to undo a law that allows county officials to kill black-tailed prairie dogs on private property if a neighbor complains. Senators voted 21-17 in favor of the bill last month, four votes short of what was needed to advance it.
Chambers says the law doesn’t provide adequate due-process rights to landowners who don’t mind the animals on their property because it lets county officials venture onto land without a warrant or property notification.
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First thank you to all who are reading this email and who have written letters to the ABQ City Council asking for their support for the Resolution R-18-5 which opposes coyote killing contests and supports statewide efforts to ban contests.
Resolution R-18-5 will be heard in the “Finance and Government Committee” meeting on Feb 12 (Monday) at 5pm at the City Hall on Civic Plaza on the 9th floor. If the resolution passes this committee then it will move to a full council vote hopefully on February 21. I hope some of you can attend these meetings. Also feel free to forward this email to anyone you know living in the area who might attend the meetings. The meetings are not overly long but the Councilors will be asking for comments. There is a parking garage and you will be given a voucher so you will not have to pay.
Here are the links:
For the Finance and Government Committee members: https://www.cabq.gov/council/committees#standing
All city council members contact info: https://www.cabq.gov/council/find-your-councilor
Please let us know if you have any questions. We am grateful. THANK YOU.
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The deadline to weigh in on a new federal plan that would loosen contentious endangered-species protections for Utah prairie dogs is looming.
The public-comment period closes Thursday on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan that would allow prairie dogs to be killed or removed from private property more often.
Comments can be submitted on regulations.gov or mailed to the fish and wildlife service headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia.
Read more: Plan
Sometimes you wish you could read your pet’s mind. Why does your dog hide when the vacuum cleaner comes out but bark like mad at the dishwasher? How come your cat sometimes turns up her nose at her favorite food?
In many instances, we can figure out pets. Standing at the back door or hovering over a food bowl isn’t tough to interpret. But there are plenty of other situations that sometimes leave us baffled. For example, the pet might be sick and would not like to eat. Some pet owners will probably interpret this as the pet being picky about the food provided. But, many would understand such behavior and provide them with the appropriate food (from Dr. Marty Pets supplement store for instance) that can help the pet to overcome the sickness. Some people might also consult veterinarians, trainers, and behaviorists for help. For instance, have you seen your pet, especially your dog barking like a madman when they find the area rug or carpet missing? Yes, they do it oftentimes. You might not realize it, but when you opt for a Carpet Cleaning or wash the item yourself, your furry friend might become a bit upset because that might be his usual spot to roll. Canines can easily get upset and display their anger by barking. However, not many understand this!
But, it is still possible to communicate with your pet, especially a dog if your train them properly and have a special bond where you can interpret their actions to understand what they want to say. You may have to understand the breed of your dog, for instance, if you plan to get a pet that belongs to the calmest of the doodle breeds, you will probably have to train him to react to strangers, or kids, or teach how to ask for food, etc. so that the dog can let you know what he needs.
But soon we may just have to listen and a pet translator will tell us what’s going on.
However, this is also true that we cannot run to the vet every time our pets growl or show some sickness. Of course, it is best that a vet examines our furry friends if they have suddenly stopped eating or are displaying any uncommon behaviors, but keeping ourselves aware of some of the problems and their solutions is what’s needed. It is us whom our furry friends look up to for any solution, and we certainly cannot betray them.
While most of the time their change in behavior is due to a change in the environment or the weather, but can sometimes also be due to a contaminated food product. This is why it is immensely important to look at the pet food warnings and determine what not to feed our cute canine, as preventing a problem from happening is way better than finding a solution afterward.
If we keep ourselves informed and know the right action to take as soon as something happens, we may possibly avoid the risk of losing our four-legged companion.
Con Slobodchikoff, a professor emeritus of biology at Northern Arizona University and the author of “Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals,” is a pioneer in animal communication.
Read more: Talking
Boulder County Parks and Open Space conducted “live trappings” of prairie dogs at seven properties in 2017 — six of them on areas designated “no prairie dog” zones — but the majority of the trapped rodents were destined for raptor and black-footed ferret programs.
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Say, did you hear that Prairie Dog Pals is having an annual meeting?
Yes! It is at the James Joseph Dwyer Police Memorial Substation on 28 January 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM! Are you going?
For Immediate Release December 28, 2017
• Elisabeth Dicharry, Wildlife Conservation Advocacy Southwest,
• Brenda McKenna, Albuquerque Board Member for Wildlife Conservation Advocacy SW
• Guy Dicharry, Attorney at Law, Wildlife Conservation Advocacy SW, 505-269-3757
A firearms business in Albuquerque plans to hold a coyote-killing contest on December
30 and 31. The killing contest is advertised as the “Second Annual Butch’s Guns Coyote
In a statement setting out the position of the City of Albuquerque Mayor’s Office, Interim
Director of Communications Alicia Manzano wrote, “Mayor Keller has always opposed
coyote hunting competitions. To that end, the City of Albuquerque will strictly enforce any
violation of ordinances pertaining to these competitions.”
Coyote killing contestants race to kill coyotes for prizes and money. Two-person teams in
trucks and ATVs usually use high-powered firearms capable of firing long distances to
maim and kill coyotes after luring them in with electronic calling devices. Contest rules
state that one child under the age of 14 may accompany a team. Contestants have no
other age restrictions.
Though the contest is sponsored and organized by an Albuquerque business, the teams
will probably be using public and unincorporated lands to kill coyotes in Bernalillo County
and other counties within about a 50-75+ mile radius of Albuquerque. In addition to
coyotes, non-target wildlife, domestic animals, and the public are at risk. It is a holiday
weekend and many people will be out and about on public lands, particularly in light of our
warm temperatures and dry weather.
These contests are indiscriminate and inhumane. Contestants attempt to bring coyotes to
the ground often by intentionally shooting them in the hindquarters and abdomen. Some
wounded coyotes may escape but die slowly from hemorrhage or septic infection. For
those who do not escape, blocks or PVC pipes recording kill dates and times are forced
between the canine teeth and secured with zip ties or electric tape. Given the large
number of times a coyote can be shot using semi-automatic weapons to bring it to the
ground, any fur is typically unusable. The carcasses are brought to a specified location,
counted, and then summarily discarded in some unknown, often public, location.
Coyote killing contests do not protect livestock, game animals, or companion
animals. The contests are conducted for private profit by offering prizes, entertainment,
camaraderie, target practice (using living wildlife), and to promote businesses that sell
firearms, ammunition, accessories, and electronic callers. These events are not
monitored or regulated. The authority of New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
regulations excludes coyotes. Promoters may hold contests with contestants killing
coyotes without the need for a hunting license, and with no regard to bag limits, seasons,
gender, age, or methods of killing. Contestants are not required to report to Game and
Fish the number of coyotes killed.
At least 30 coyote killing contests happen every year throughout New Mexico with some
of these contests organized by groups and businesses in the middle Rio Grande valley. In
2013, 2015, and 2017, the State Legislature introduced and voted on legislation to ban
coyote-killing contests. In 2015 and 2017, the Senate voted in favor of the ban.
Killing contests promote wanton unnecessary killing that a majority of voters, including
ethical hunters, find abhorrent. New Mexicans from all corners of the state and all walks
of life—including conservationists, hunters, gun-owners and many ranchers—
oppose wildlife-killing contests. Public opposition to killing contests is not based on anti-
gun or anti-hunting viewpoints. Killing contests send a violent message that killing is fun,
our native wildlife is disposable, and life is cheap. Killing contests do nothing to help
attract businesses, new residents, or support our valuable tourism industry. Killing
contests are counterproductive to holistic land management practices, science-based
wildlife management, public health and safety.
We hope the Albuquerque City Council will pass a resolution stating both its opposition to
coyote killing contests and its support for legislation to prohibit coyote killing contests.
From all of us at Prairie Dog Pals to all of you out there in the world, wherever your burrow may be, we wish you a very peaceful and joyous Christmas, and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! Lest we forget, may the blessing of the Solstice be upon you, and Happy Hannukah, and Kwanzaa, and last but not least Festivus! Rejoice!!! The cycle has begun once again! Yip Yip Yip (ho ho ho in prairiedogese)
Salt Lake City • Wildlife managers under the Trump administration are moving to loosen endangered-species protections for Utah prairie dogs, flipping the script in a long-running conflict over federal policies in a town where residents say they’re overrun by the creatures.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan would allow prairie dogs to be killed or removed from private property more often, relaxing regulations designed to protect the species.
Read more: Guidelines
The following is from a historical document by the CDC; it documents the history of Plague in the United States.
Historically, bubonic plague has been responsible for a number of notable pandemics. The disease appears to have a strong, long-term,
cyclic tendency. It flares up on a global scale and then slowly retreats to smoulder in endemic centers. During the last 15 centuries, four
important pandemics have been recorded: the pandemic of 542 to 600 A. D., which began during the reign of the Emperor Justinian and involved the whole Roman world; the “Black Death” of the 14th century, some of which wascertainly plague, and which caused an estimated loss of 25 million lives, one-fourth of the entire population of Europe alone; the pandemic of the 15th, 16tli, and 17th centuries, which culminated in the “Great Plague of London,” 1664 to 1665; and the present pandemic, which began in 1894 and is now receding. Between pandemics, notable epidemics have been recorded in countries all over the world. There is also reason to believe that there are endemic centers in portions of Africa and Asia, which represent the points of origin of all pandemics (1).
Read more: Plague
Since the new Congress took over in January, anti-wildlife politicians have launched 63 legislative attacks on the Endangered Species Act — despite the law’s immense success and broad public support. Attacks from Congress are largely to satisfy the fossil fuel industry and other special interests that oppose being regulated.
Calls to gut the Endangered Species Act are dangerous and damaging to the work of preserving our natural heritage. Instead, Congress should provide more funding to help save our most imperiled wildlife.
Read more: Mehrhoff
PINEDALE, WYOMING —
The white-tailed prairie dog will not be declared an endangered or threatened species after the U.S. government deemed on Tuesday there was no danger despite declines in its population from human development and disease.
Read more at: Pinedale
An opposing viewpoint: (To protecting Utah prairie dogs)
If words can mean anything anyone says they mean, then words are meaningless. That is what the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has done with the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.
The appellate court overturned a federal judge who found that the Commerce Clause does not give Congress the power under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to regulate a species that exists only within the boundaries of one state and has no commercial value whatsoever — specifically the Utah prairie dog.
Read more: Viewpoint
Posted Nov. 15, 2017
A new oral vaccine bait can help protect prairie dogs against sylvatic plague and possibly assist in the recovery of black-footed ferrets, one of the most endangered mammals in North America.
Sylvatic plague, a bacterial disease caused by Yersinia pestis, affects numerous wild and domestic animal species as well as humans. Developed specifically for prairie dogs by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the peanut butter–flavored vaccine elicits a protective immune response that can help vaccinated prairie dogs fight off infection after later exposure to the disease. Read more: Vaccine
SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) – They’re a member of the squirrel family, but they get their name because of their bark-like call.
It was actually early settlers that gave the prairie dog its name.
There are five different species of prairie dogs, four of which are found in the US and one endangered species found only in Mexico.
Read more: Zoo
In southwestern Utah, federal regulations are artificially pitting people against prairie dogs—to neither’s benefit. There are about 80,000 Utah prairie dogs in the region, and the species is listed as threatened. Read more at Utah
The presence of keystone species can influence disease dynamics through changes in species diversity and composition of vector and host communities. In this study, we compared 1) the diversity of small mammals; 2) the prevalence, abundance, and intensity of arthropod vectors; and 3) the prevalence of Yersinia pestis, Francisella tularensis, and Bartonella spp. in vectors, between two grassland communities of northern Sonora, Mexico, one with (La Mesa [LM]) and one without (Los Fresnos [LF]) black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus). The mammal community in LF exhibited higher species richness and diversity than LM, and species composition was different between the two communities. Flea species richness, prevalence, abundance, and intensity, were higher in LM than in LF. The most abundant fleas were Oropsylla hirsuta and Pulex simulans, and C. ludovicianus was the host with the highest flea intensity and richness. There was no serologic evidence for the presence of Y. pestis and F. tularensis in any community, but Bartonella spp. was present in 18% of the total samples. Some specificity was observed between Bartonella species, flea species, and mammal species. Although prairie dogs can indirectly affect the diversity and abundance of hosts and vectors, dynamics of vector-borne diseases at these spatial and temporal scales may be more dependent on the vector and pathogen specificity.
Several months ago Jim T took on a challenge which C Rex thought would end up in euthanasia. We had captured a “perfectly healthy” prairie dog from Phil Chacon Park. After a week in the tank with the other PDs from the area, this one looked HORRIBLE. C Rex checked it again for all the obvious problems but nothing, the prairie dog couldn’t even stand on its own. Jim took it to Doctor Levenson along with Toothy II and to C Rex’s surprise, it was released back into Jim’s care. Jim is a trooper and set about getting the PD rehydrated and fed. After a few days, the PD passed the plastic tip of a syringe PLUS a lot of stored up poop. The PD has been improving ever since, and here’s a picture from yesterday! This was a true miracle accomplished through Jim’s diligence and commitment.
- Photographer spotted two prairie dogs snuggling up to each other in a zoo
- Adorable photographs show the two animals appearing to kiss
- The moment took place in at the Attica Zoological Park in Spata, Greece
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Yvonne B, Jim T, and Cynomys Rex tabled at Refuge Day at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge! It was a stellar day until the wind lifted the canopy off! Fortunately it was near the end of the day. There was a lot of interest in Toothy II, Jim’s foster Gunnison and Prairie Dog Pals’ activities. C Rex also provided a “scholarly” (bawdy) discussion of the mating habits of Gunnison’s prairie dogs titled “Sex about Town” or Sirens and Studs of the Sevilleta! Woo Hoo!
The Black Death was little short of a bacterial apocalypse. The outbreak of bubonic plague, imported along the Silk Road, is thought to have killed between 25m and 50m people as it rampaged through 14th-century Europe. The disease thence resurfaced sporadically: the Great Plague of London, for example, felled a fifth of city dwellers in the 1660s.
While the plague seems to us a medieval affliction, it has never fully disappeared. On average, about 500 cases are documented globally each year, mostly in Africa, South America and India. The infection is treatable with antibiotics if caught early.
Read More: Plague
Last month, researchers, wildlife biologists and managers from several federal, state and local agencies gathered at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ (USFWS) National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center to celebrate a breakthrough in wildlife management— the development of an oral vaccine bait that helps protect prairie dogs against deadly sylvatic plague and assists in the recovery of endangered black-footed ferrets (BFF). Sylvatic plague, caused by Yersinia pestis, is a bacterial disease transmitted by fleas that afflicts many mammalian species, including humans.
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- 1 Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , Fort Collins, Colorado.
- 2 New Mexico Department of Health , Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Our longitudinal study of plague dynamics was conducted in north-central New Mexico to identify which species in the community were infected with plague, to determine the spatial and temporal patterns of the dynamics of plague epizootics, and to describe the dynamics of Yersinia pestis infection within individual hosts. A total of 3156 fleas collected from 535 small mammals of 8 species were tested for Y. pestis DNA. Nine fleas collected from six southern plains woodrats (Neotoma micropus) and from one rock squirrel (Otospermophilus variegatus) were positive for the pla gene of Y. pestis. None of 127 fleas collected from 17 woodrat nests was positive. Hemagglutinating antibodies to the Y. pestis-specific F1 antigen were detected in 11 rodents of 6 species. All parts of the investigated area were subjected to local disappearance of woodrats. Despite the active die-offs, some woodrats always were present within the relatively limited endemic territory and apparently were never exposed to plague. Our observations suggest that small-scale die-offs in woodrats can support maintenance of plague in the active U.S. Southwestern focus.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Residents in southern Utah asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear their case claiming federal safeguards for Utah prairie dogs have prevented them from doing what they want with their private property.
The rules block residents from building homes, starting businesses and even protecting playgrounds, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners argue in their case.
“Some own lots in residential subdivisions where they planned to build homes, but prairie dogs moved in first and the regulation forbids permits for their property,” attorneys wrote.
Tucker loves going from room to room at Jamestowne Retirement Home. Fay Jago says, “They love him. If I don’t bring them in, then I’m in trouble.”
Tucker is a three legged chihuahua who was born without a front leg, and he was going to be euthanized. The home’s executive director Fay Jago saw him on social media and saved his life by adopting him.
Now he’s the community dog at the senior home. She says, “Everyone has issues and problems. Nobody is perfect. So why put him down because he’s not perfect.”
She also bought Raspy. She’s a prairie dog that Fay takes around from room to room visiting with residents. One resident spends all day petting Raspy. Jago says, “Ms. Janie loves her. They’ll sit in my office, and I’ll go in there and they’re both asleep on my couch. So it’s a win win.”
They make the residents feel more comfortable, and the residents calm the pets down. Fay says, “They’re regular residents here.”
Fay says she enjoys seeing the residents with animals so much, she’s considering getting more service animals.
Link to: Tennessee
Garage Sale Part II: Debbie has offered to host garage SALES to reduce the carry over from the last garage sale. We will conduct sales on 3 consecutive days next week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 5, 6, and 7. The Sale will be held at 917 Morris Street NE from 8-3:30 on each day. This is about 1/2 block north of Morris and Lomas, on the left. We could use: more sales items; and help. If you can provide either, let C Rex know at email@example.com. Right now we have a couple of volunteers but more would be better. I’ll even buy timothy hay and NOMO for you to munch on….
Well today, 23 September, the end of the world (for some) was PDP’s annual garage sale (part UNO). It was a very dicey day in terms of weather with pleasant fall weather winning out of the sprinkles that plagued the set up and early morning. Many thanks to Ray, Tania, Ella, Cassidy, Debra, Yvonne, Phil, Margaret, Graziella, and C Rex who helped set up, or woman/man the tables, promote sales, close deals, etc., or woman the refreshment table. The margaritas were excellent and the pulled tofu divine. I don’t know how we did as yet but we did very well in the pre-sales thanks to donations from Jane and Mikki! Many Many thanks to those of you who donated to make this possible. But wait, you said part UNO…well yes, we had a lot of treasures left over at the end of the day and Debbie has volunteered to do a 3 day garage sale for the remaining items. Soooooooo if you have anything else, or want to help let C Rex know at firstname.lastname@example.org. You have a second, third and fourth chance!!!!
The Prairie Dog Pals “fall” Garage sale will be held on the 23th of September from 8:00 to 2:00 at 5219 Vista Bonita NE. Plan to come and more importantly scour out your collections of fine collectibles and donate the unneeded treasures for the garage sale. If you want items to donate or want to volunteer with the set up or sale please coordinate with R. Watt (237 0347). Please tell your friends to come by and spend money. The money will go towards prairie dog issues. The donations are tax deductible and we will gladly provide you with a certificate stating as much. If you have donations for the sale, plan to bring them by between 6-8 PM on the 22nd of September. If this is not convenient, contact Ray Watt on 237 0347 to arrange a mutually convenient drop of date/time. Finally, after the sale, your unsold items can either be picked up by you at 200 on Saturday, or they will be donated to an animal issues charity/ non profit group.
For a week, metal cages sat atop each prairie dog mound in the open space bordering Highway 52 and 79th Street.
The hope was to capture and relocate 100 black-tailed prairie dogs. Ultimately, 84 critters were apprehended in the sprung traps and then moved to a more spacious location.
Each trap was baited with sweet feed, consisting of oats, grains and sunflower seeds, a mixture prairie dogs love.
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For a long time we have encouraged people NOT to feed the prairie dogs inappropriate foods. They eat forbs and grasses, carrots work, so do grains, but this week I encountered a number of things…so with out further ado…Triscuits! PS prairie dogs don’t eat Cheese as to the triscuits, they have salt on them, bad idea.
You can see what happens, next they will want some wine.
FORT COLLINS, CO – Pudgy and vocal, black tail prairie dogs in matriarchal colonies have co-existed with Coloradoans along the Front Range for decades. But the state’s new construction boom threatens their urban habitats in northern Colorado towns. Groups of “prairie dog advocates” are asking local governments to help relocate colonies instead of gassing them or bulldozing their habitats.
Members of a prairie dog “town” maintained their busy lives on six acres near the corner of Lemay Street and Buckingham Avenue in Fort Collins for more than 20 years. That was until New Belgium Brewery and a student housing developer bought parcels on the site.
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
Right up front, I am stating that I am not worried about getting the plague, my horses are not going to break their legs in prairie dogs holes and prairie dogs have not destroyed any of my plantings (since they graze primarily on grasses).
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The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has issued a mandate which reinstates Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulation of the threatened Utah prairie dog on non-federal lands. The decision overturns a 2014 U.S. District Court for the District of Utah decision that removed federal ESA protection for the species on non-federal lands and transferred management to the State of Utah. The species is now regulated under the ESA across all land ownerships.
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A visit to prairie dog towns in Odessa was not on my agenda during a recent vacation to Big Bend National Park.
But a mountain bicycle accident had me laid up for week in the city’s hospital, while Kathy gave me daily reports about prairie dogs she had seen between the hotel and the hospital. She told me how the squirrel-size mammals stood smartly on their hind legs atop cone-shaped dirt mounds over an intricate network of subterranean abodes forming their townships.
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To date we’ve captured and relocated 125 prairie dogs from the NE and SE corners of Indian School and Tramway. The prairie dogs are being relocated to make way for landscaping. There are a few left that we are trying to trap before the end of the season. In fact Margaret D caught another one this week. Apparently there will be another town meeting to review the landscape plan. Read on to learn details for the meeting.
Save the Date & Call to Action!
When: Aug. 23, 2017–6 to 7:30 pm
Where: Lomas Tramway Library
Agenda: Findings & Plan for Landscaping
Tramway/Indian School Rd.
This is a great opportunity to hear from Sites SW, the landscape consultants contracted by the City of Albuquerque, as they present their findings for a plan to landscape portions of the Tramway and Indian School Rd. intersection. Before a plan can be adopted the preliminary work of humanly removing the prairie dogs is being done by Prairie Dog Pals of New Mexico. The governmental entities being asked to review this plan for approval are the City of Albuquerque and the State of NM Highway Department. See You August 23 at 6:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lomas Tramway Library. Check us out on Facebook and NextDoor.com.
SAN ANGELO, TX – The prairie dogs at Mary E. Lee Park in San Angelo are being relocated to a new home.
What started as a small family five years ago quickly became a colony of about 500 prairie dogs.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members came to a decision to relocate the animals. Lynda Watson with the prairie dog management service was called to capture and safely relocate them to a more natural permanent residence.
After capture each prairie dog is put under quarantine and observation at a facility in Lubbock for approximately two weeks before they are turned out into a new location.
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Three people in New Mexico have been infected with plague this month, which is close to the number of plague cases that the state saw in all of 2016, according to health officials.
This week, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reported two cases of plague — one in a 52-year-old woman and one in a 62-year-old woman, both living in Santa Fe County, in the northern part of the state. Earlier in June, the state reported a case of plague in a 63-year-old man, also living in Santa Fe County. All three people were hospitalized, but all of them survived, NMDOH officials said.
Read more: Plague
Credit: Janice Haney Carr/CDC
Over the roar of giant construction engines, small chirps made by frantic prairie dogs can still be heard in a freshly plowed field once dotted with the small piles of dirt marking the homes of the desert-dwelling rodents.
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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – The Red Bud Park prairie dog town has been around since the 1970s. Although there’s nobody left on the Abilene city staff who was part of the original “founding” of the prairie dog town, the town has thrived in the years since it was established.
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Taos birdwatchers eagerly await John Lay’s email missives. “Both owls on burrow,” he wrote in early April. Like expectant parents, we’re wondering if there will be owlets.
Lay, a Taos photographer and birdwatcher, has photographed the iconic western burrowing owls near his home for the past two years. “These days,” he said, “we can watch nest cams and get some idea of bird family behavior, but it doesn’t quite feel the same as watching two birds raise a whole family from about 50 feet away. That’s enchanting.”
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On a summer evening years ago, I dined with a group of friends at a rural Midwest restaurant where the parking lot was a patch of rough ground without marked bays. We came out to find a Cadillac parked close in beside our car. Edging into the gap between the vehicles (the other side was also tight), we did our best to get the doors far enough open to slide in without dinging the Cadillac. Our close approach triggered the Cadillac’s motion-sensitive theft alarm. A loud synthesized voice told us: “You are standing too close to the car! Step! Away! From the car!”
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It’s a great article, and the prairie dogs are fascinating (and adorable) little creatures, but with all due respect to Doctor Dolittle, the assertion that non-human animals have language is indeed nonsense.
Animals have no language, despite the occasional complexity of their communication. The error these scientists and journalists make in attributing language to animals is an easy error to make, but it is an error nonetheless. The error lies in the failure to distinguish between designators and signals.
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Use of an oral vaccine that protects prairie dogs from the plague will be expanded on the Charles M. Russell and UL Bend National Wildlife Refuges in Montana under a plan proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The new plan would allow for vaccine distribution on wilderness areas within the refuges and on nearby private lands when requested by landowners. The Service has completed an environmental assessment for the action and is seeking public comment on the proposal.
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For those of you who may have missed the New Mexico Prairie Dog/Burrowing Owl working group meeting a month or so ago, I just wanted to provide a brief follow-up.
I’ve attached the short presentation we made at the working group meeting regarding the status of Burrowing Owl data from the working group that Natural Heritage New Mexico is databasing for the group. This is also a good time to remind everyone after they have been out to spring migration spots and getting ready for breeding bird surveys that we are still interested in compiling burrowing owl data.
The Burrowing Owl Observation Form has been uploaded to the Natural Heritage website and is accessible to anyone at https://nhnm.unm.edu/data/contribute_data/burrowing_owl_form. The database is current through 2015, so we would also be interested in receiving 2016 data from anyone who has data to submit.
Thanks to everyone for contributing to this effort that will help to further our conservation efforts across the state.
This is also a test of a “merged” mailing list of the prairie dog and burrowing owl working group lists without duplicates, so if anyone receives this message twice, please let me know I can make the changes accordingly.
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|1.||Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2017 May 18. doi: 10.1089/vbz.2016.2069. [Epub ahead of print]
1Department of Biology, University of South Dakota , Vermillion, South Dakota.
Maintenance of sylvatic plague in prairie dogs (Cynomis spp.) was once thought unlikely due to high mortality rates; yet more recent findings indicate that low-level enzootic plague may be maintained in susceptible prairie dog populations. Another hypothesis for the maintenance of sylvatic plague involves small mammals, other than prairie dogs, as an alternative reservoir in the sylvatic plague system. These hypotheses, however, are not mutually exclusive, as both prairie dogs and small mammals could together be driving sylvatic cycles of plague. The concept of a bridging vector has been used to explain the transmission of pathogens from one host species to another. In the case of sylvatic plague, this would require overlap in fleas between small mammals and prairie dogs, and potentially other species such as carnivores. Our goal was to evaluate the level of flea sharing between black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomis ludovicianus) and other small mammals in a mixed-grass prairie in South Dakota. We investigated the species richness of small mammals and small-mammal fleas in a mixed-grass prairie system and compared findings with previous studies from a short-grass ecosystem in Colorado. Over the summer field seasons 2014-2016 we live-trapped small mammals, collected fleas, and showed differences between both the flea and small mammal composition of the two systems. We also recorded higher densities of deer mice and lower densities of northern grasshopper mice in mixed versus shortgrass prairies. We confirmed, as is the case in shortgrass prairies, a lack of substantial flea species overlap on small mammal hosts and fleas from prairie dogs and their burrows. Moreover this study demonstrates that although small mammals may not play a large part in interepizootic plague cycling in shortgrass prairie ecosystems, their role in mixed-grass prairies requires further evaluation.
Grief and mourning are more widespread among nonhuman animals (animals) than previously thought (please also see). Today, while riding my bike north of Boulder, I observed an interaction between an adult Black-tailed prairie dog who looked to be a female and a youngster who had been killed by a car. It looked like the accident had happened a few minutes before I happened on the sorrowful scene. I was astounded by what I saw, so I stopped and dictated some notes into my phone that went as follows:
I just watched an adult prairie dog who I think is a female trying to retrieve the carcass of a smaller prairie dog off the road five times – she clearly was trying to remove the carcass from the road – I stopped and finally after the cars stopped she dragged the carcass off the road, walked about 10 feet away, looked at me and looked at the carcass, went back to the carcass and touched it lightly with her forepaws, and walked away emitting a very high-pitched vocalization.
I waited a few minutes to see if she would go back to the carcass and she began to move toward it, looked at me, and stopped — so I left because I didn’t want to disrupt her saying good-bye if that was what she was going to do — minutes later, when I finally caught up with another rider who was about 100 meters ahead of me, he told me he saw her try to remove the carcass from the road twice.
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners, a group composed of more than 200 owners and “other persons and entities subject to overly burdensome regulations,” asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a rehearing in front of the full court.
In March, a three-judge panel of the court ruled against PETPO, upholding Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 rule barring the “take” of the Utah prairie dog without a permit.
The panel overturned a lower-court decision that the rule violated the Constitution’s Commerce Clause because the prairie dog lives only in Utah — mostly on private land — and does not affect interstate economic activity.
Judge Jerome Holmes, a Republican appointee, wrote in the opinion that the Utah rule is part of the larger Endangered Species Act regulatory system that, in aggregate, has a “substantial” effect on interstate commerce (Greenwire, March 29).
In their petition for rehearing, the landowners today argued that the panel erred because the Commerce Clause was never meant to authorize Congress to regulate “noneconomic activity” involving a single species found in a single state.
The panel’s decision raises “significant federalism concerns,” undermining Utah’s effort to protect its wildlife “without unduly burdening its residents,” the property group also argued.
“These questions go to the fundamental issue of whether the Constitution imposes meaningful limits on federal power and, thus, the entire Court should decide them,” the petition says.
Appeals courts rarely grant requests to rehear cases en banc, or in front of the full court.
Circuit courts have roundly rejected Commerce Clause challenges to Endangered Species Act rules. Including the prairie dog ruling, appeals courts have knocked down eight such challenges; the Supreme Court has declined to take up the issue six times.
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|1.||J Med Entomol. 2017 May 9. doi: 10.1093/jme/tjx090. [Epub ahead of print]
Scientists and health-care professionals sometimes use a swabbing technique to collect fleas from rodent burrows, and later test the fleas for Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of plague. Detection of Y. pestis is enhanced when large pools of fleas are available. The following study investigated factors that might affect the rate at which fleas are collected from burrows in colonies of black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus). Data were collected from 13 colonies in New Mexico during 0600-1000 hours, June-August 2010-2011. Fleas were scarce on swabs inserted into burrows that were not actively used by prairie dogs; fleas are presumably suppressed in burrows that are void of hosts and might have begun to collapse due to a lack of maintenance. Fleas were scarce on swabs inserted into burrows with little sunlight entering the tunnel; many species of fleas use changes in light intensity to locate objects, but if light is limited, it might be difficult to locate a swab. Fleas were scarce on swabs inserted to shallow depths underground, especially during hot mornings, and during the hottest portions of mornings; when conditions are hot above ground, ectothermic fleas might migrate into the deep components of burrows, or become less willing to jump onto hosts, making it difficult to collect the fleas with swabs. If the swabbing technique is used to survey for Y. pestis on colonies of black-tailed prairie dogs, investigators might use the results of this study to modify their methods and increase the number of fleas collected.
Con Slobodchikoff and I approached the mountain meadow slowly, obliquely, softening our footfalls and conversing in whispers. It didn’t make much difference. Once we were within 50 feet of the clearing’s edge, the alarm sounded: short, shrill notes in rapid sequence, like rounds of sonic bullets.
We had just trespassed on a prairie-dog colony. A North American analogue to Africa’s meerkat, the prairie dog is trepidation incarnate. It lives in subterranean societies of neighboring burrows, surfacing to forage during the day and rarely venturing more than a few hundred feet from the center of town. The moment it detects a hawk, coyote, human or any other threat, it cries out to alert the cohort and takes appropriate evasive action. A prairie dog’s voice has about as much acoustic appeal as a chew toy. French explorers called the rodents petits chiens because they thought they sounded like incessantly yippy versions of their pets back home.
On this searing summer morning, Slobodchikoff had taken us to a tract of well-trodden wilderness on the grounds of the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Distressed squeaks flew from the grass, but the vegetation itself remained still; most of the prairie dogs had retreated underground. We continued along a dirt path bisecting the meadow, startling a prairie dog that was peering out of a burrow to our immediate right. It chirped at us a few times, then stared silently.
“Hello,” Slobodchikoff said, stooping a bit. A stout bald man with a scraggly white beard and wine-dark lips, Slobodchikoff speaks with a gentler and more lilting voice than you might expect. “Hi, guy. What do you think? Are we worth calling about? Hmm?”
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Broomfield officials will review possible steps to relocate prairie dogs, dust plague-stricken areas and adjust current penalties for developers who don’t comply with city rules governing relocation.
A full update is planned for the June Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee meeting, which currently is slated for June 22. That date may change based on the availability of committee members.
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There’s a place in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where a small colony of prairie dogs survives between railroad tracks and the busiest road in town. It’s a fragile existence, and some of the animals perish when they venture onto the pavement. But somehow, they survive in this small fragment of wildness.
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|1.||J Wildl Dis. 2017 May 2. doi: 10.7589/2017-02-033. [Epub ahead of print]
Responses of Juvenile Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs ( Cynomys ludovicianus ) to a Commercially Produced Oral Plague Vaccine Delivered at Two Doses.
11 Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, Wildlife Health Program, Foothills Wildlife Research Facility, 4330 Laporte Ave., Fort Collins, Colorado 80521-2153, USA.22 United States Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center, 6006 Schroeder Road, Madison, Wisconsin 53711, USA.
We confirmed safety and immunogenicity of mass-produced vaccine baits carrying an experimental, commercial-source plague vaccine (RCN-F1/V307) expressing Yersinia pestis V and F1 antigens. Forty-five juvenile black-tailed prairie dogs ( Cynomys ludovicianus ) were randomly divided into three treatment groups (n=15 animals/group). Animals in the first group received one standard-dose vaccine bait (5×107 plaque-forming units [pfu]; STD). The second group received a lower-dose bait (1×107 pfu; LOW). In the third group, five animals received two standard-dose baits and 10 were left untreated but in contact. Two vaccine-treated and one untreated prairie dogs died during the study, but laboratory analyses ruled out vaccine involvement. Overall, 17 of 33 (52%; 95% confidence interval for binomial proportion [bCI] 34-69%) prairie dogs receiving vaccine-laden bait showed a positive anti-V antibody response on at least one sampling occasion after bait consumption, and eight (24%; bCI 11-42%) showed sustained antibody responses. The STD and LOW groups did not differ (P≥0.78) in their proportions of overall or sustained antibody responses after vaccine bait consumption. Serum from one of the nine (11%; bCI 0.3-48%) surviving untreated, in-contact prairie dogs also had detectable antibody on one sampling occasion. We did not observe any adverse effects related to oral vaccination.
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The controversy over the treatment of prairie dogs on the future site of a north Boulder housing development was to have been settled eight months ago.
It’s roared back to life, though, as prairie dog allies have made new allegations against the developer, who’s responded by calling them defaming “extremists.”
In late August, Boulder made the announcement that a colony of more than 100 prairie dogs would be spared, after a very public, monthslong spectacle in which animal rights advocates pressured developer Bruce Dierking not to kill the critters simply because they lived on his construction site.
A Boulder city ordinance prohibits killing prairie dogs or tampering with their burrows except under specific conditions.
Neighbors recently saw prairie dogs and active burrows on the Armory property in north Boulder and sent photo and written documentation to city staff. On April 11, photo documentation showed someone manually covering up burrows; on April 15, confirmation of prairie dogs and open burrows; and on April 17, someone using a bobcat to dig up, cover, and pack down the areas where the prairie dogs and their burrows had been seen.
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One of the weapons the U.S. government uses to poison predators killed a pet Labrador in Idaho, sparking new calls to ban the devices.
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We are learning more about Trump Junior’s plans for Saturday morning and it’s sparking some controversy with local environmentalists. The Ravalli Republic reported that Gianforte told a crowd in Hamilton Monday that he plans to take Donald Trump Jr. Out to shoot prairie dogs.
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The barking starts as soon as I arrive. Actually, it sounds more like a dog playing with a squeaky toy instead of barking, and the sound travels well across the prairie even with a rustling breeze.
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The Utah prairie dog burrows holes like these and are considered pests to many landowners, but a new court ruling is protecting the threatened species. Many environmentalists are grateful, but many landowners concerned.
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This is the biggest load of BS that I have seen in some time. Vacuuming out PDs causes pulmonary issues and many are injured. The person capturing them doesn’t care as they are sold as feed to the Black Footed Ferret Introduction program. This is NOT HUMANE.
- Prince the rodent has struck up an unbreakable bond with six-year-old Banksy
- The ‘very loving’ friends spend hours together every day in Fort Worth, Texas
- Heartwarming shots show them playing during bath time and in the garden
- The lively rodent loves snuggling up between Banksy’s paws to fall asleep
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So it is only convenient when the court decides in your favor?
The recent appeals court ruling that reversed a decision that allowed the state to manage the Utah prairie dog could not have come at a worse time, State Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, said.
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Recent plague activity that killed prairie dogs at the Great Western Reservoir Open Space prompted a public discussion on what steps Broomfield should take next.
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With the start of pup season we have suspended operations. We’ve relocated 100 prairie dogs to date and will release an additional 65 in the next week, bringing the season total to 165! Of course that excludes the rats, squirrel, guinea pig, cat and skunk. The weather wasn’t always with us and we had highs in the low 80s and lows, where we couldn’t start until noon, when the temperature broke 50. We had windy days in the 60s (MPH) and it snowed yesterday! All in all it went well and a big woo hoo to all of you who helped. We are in torpor until June!