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Researchers finding success fighting plague in prairie dog colonies

By Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Special to The SUN

Work to protect the Gunnison’s prairie dog by Colorado Parks and Wildlife has proven successful during the last four years and biologists are continuing with more research to improve methods to sustain populations.

“In some situations prairie dogs can be seen as pests, but they are critical in the environment and help to promote survival of numerous other species such as burrowing owls, badgers and raptors,” said Dan Tripp, a wildlife disease researcher with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

In Colorado, there are three species of prairie dogs. The Gunnison’s prairie dog resides primarily in the southwest portion of the state. The others are the white-tailed prairie dog that lives mainly in northwestern Colorado, and the black-tailed prairie dog that inhabits areas along the Front Range and eastern plains.

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This story was posted on August 14, 2014.