• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Abstract - Control of Ecosystem Processes by Prairie Dogs and Other Grassland Herbivores

Detling, James K. and Whicker, April D. 1987. Control of Ecosystem Processes by Prairie Dogs and Other Grassland Herbivores. In Uresk, Daniel W., Schenbeck, Greg L. and Cefkin, Rose (eds.) Eighth Great Plains Wildlife Damage Control Workshop. pp. 23-29.

Abstract

Black-tailed prairie dogs in the mixed-grass prairie at Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota, create habitat patches characterized by altered species composition, lower standing crops of plants, but higher forage quality. Native wildlife species such as bison, pronghorn, and elk preferentially feed on these prairie dog colonies and likely derive nutritional benefits from doing so.

Did You Know?

Bull elk in the park.

A Rocky Mountain bull elk weighs between 700 - 800 pounds. Rocky Mountain elk were introduced to the park in 1914 and 1916. More...