Park Prairie Dog Acreage Down

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Date: August 31, 2009

The numbers of the acres of prairie dogs have decreased significantly this year in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Resource Management staff completed mapping all 23 prairie dog towns in the South Unit and the 2 prairie dog towns in the North Unit of the park in August.  With a couple of exceptions, there was a decrease in acreage for all towns.  Acreage in the North Unit decreased from 136.68 to 123.86 acres, or by approximately 9.4%, and acreage in the South Unit decreased from 1,743.92 to 1,420.59 acres, or approximately 18.5%.

The park maps prairie dog towns each year, mapping the outer boundaries of the towns as indicated by active burrows.  This mapping effort provides the park with a very good picture of the area in the park that is occupied by the rodents.

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