Thursday, May 17, 2007

Black tailed prairie dog

Originally uploaded by jhhymas.
These guys used to cover the Dakotas with their towns. They are useful to mix the soil, I have read. This is called bioturbation. In Theodore Roosevelt National Park, they are very evident, as are the signs reminding tourists not to feed them. Individuals kept running across the road; they were quite nimble at avoiding the car. It was fun to see so many.

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  1. My husband and I were in Teddy Roosevelt National Park on May 24 of this year. We loved that park as much as Yellowstone which we also visited on our road trip from VA to Washington and back to VA with a cruise to Alaska also thrown in. We have a picture of the prairie dogs on our blogspot: joannandjack but it is not as good as your pic. Those little guys sure are social and love to yipyipyip. Did you run into the wild horses and buffalo in the park. We ended up having a close encounter with two fighting bulls.