great plains states of usa
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CitationWuerthner, G. (1997). Viewpoint: The black-tailed prairie dog--headed for extinction?. Journal of Range Management, 50(5), 459-466.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractThe black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) is 1 of 5 western prairie dog species, and the only species found on the Great Plains. Some authorities believe the black-tailed prairie dog may have been the most numerous of mammalian herbivores found on the plains with some estimates placing their historic numbers as high as 5 billion. Due to a combination of factors including habitat destruction, hunting, plague, and poisoning programs, the black-tailed prairie dog may now be threatened with extinction across its entire range. In this paper, a tentative prairie dog conservation strategy consisting of core reserves, buffer areas, and corridors is proposed.