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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Public Meetings Set for Park's Prairie Dog Management Plan

A prairie dog peers out of its burrow in Wind Cave National Park.
A prairie dog peers out of its burrow in Wind Cave National Park.
NPS Photo
January 20, 2005

Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130

Wind Cave National Park will be hosting two public meetings as part of the planning process for developing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to manage the park’s black-tailed prairie dog population.

These facilitated meetings will be held to determine the scope of the environmental issues and alternatives to be addressed in the plan and to receive input from interested individuals and organizations.

Meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Rapid City at the Quality Inn on LaCrosse Street and on the following night, Wednesday, February 2, in Custer at the Bavarian Inn Motel from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Attendees should plan to arrive on time and stay for the entire meeting if possible.

This plan will help determine population numbers for the park’s prairie dog colonies, monitoring methods, and potential control mechanisms should they be needed.

Comments on the plan can also be addressed to the park at Wind Cave National Park Superintendent, RR 1 Box 190, Hot Springs, SD 57747 or sent via e-mail by visiting the website http://parkplanning.nps.gov and following the links for Wind Cave National Park.

Did You Know?

Natural Entrance of Wind Cave

Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.