Prairie dogs aggravate ranchers across La Plata County

Prairie dogs aggravate ranchers across La Plata County

Some hope for an unconventional solution to growing numbers
Prairie dogs can be a costly foe for ranchers in La Plata County, and their populations have been rising in recent years. The rodent is also an essential element of the ecosystem. A number of species – badgers, foxes, coyotes, owls, etc. – feed on prairie dogs.
When prairie dogs dig a network of tunnels and holes, they pose a risk to livestock grazing on the land.

Prairie dogs aggravate ranchers across La Plata County

Prairie dogs can be a costly foe for ranchers in La Plata County, and their populations have been rising in recent years. The rodent is also an essential element of the ecosystem. A number of species – badgers, foxes, coyotes, owls, etc. – feed on prairie dogs.
When prairie dogs dig a network of tunnels and holes, they pose a risk to livestock grazing on the land.
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