The black-tailed prairie dog once numbered in the billions and ranged across 11 US states and parts of Mexico and Canada. The species has been eliminated from up to 98 percent of its historic range in the last 150 years, as people converted native grasslands to agricultural operations. Plague continues to decimate colonies, and ignorant people routinely poison and shoot black-tailed prairie dogs.
The good news is the Prairie Dog Coalition is working to make sure these wonderful little creatures don't disappear. Learn more about prairie dogs, about the facts and myths, and how you can help these animals be part of future generations by clicking on the above link to the coalition's website.