Conservation of the Black-Tailed Prairie Dog
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The prairie dog is a colonial, keystone species of the grassland ecosystem of western North America. Myriad animals regularly visit colony-sites to feed on the grass there, to use the burrows for shelter or nesting, or to prey on the prairie dogs. Unfortunately, prairie dogs are disappearing, and the current number is only about 2% of the number encountered by Lewis and Clark in the early 1800s.
Part I of Conservation of the Black-Tailed Prairie Dog summarizes ecology and social behavior for pivotal issues such as when prairie dogs breed, how far they disperse, how they affect other organisms, and how much they compete with livestock. Part II documents how loss of habitat, poisoning, plague, and recreational shooting have caused the precipitous decline of prairie dog populations over the last 200 years. Part III proposes practical solutions that can ensure the long-term survival of the prairie dog and its grassland ecosystem, and also are fair to private landowners. We cannot expect farmers and ranchers to bear all the costs of conservation while the rest of us enjoy all the benefits.
With 700 references, 37 tables, 75 figures and photographs, and a glossary, Conservation of the Black-Tailed Prairie Dog is a unique and vital contribution for wildlife managers, politicians, environmentalists, and curious naturalists.
Chapter 1. Introduction: Why Care about Prairie Dogs?
PART I. Natural History of Prairie Dogs
Chapter 2. Social Behavior of Prairie Dogs
Chapter 3. Demography and Population Dynamics of Prairie Dogs
Chapter 4. The Prairie Dog as a Keystone Species
Chapter 5. Do Prairie Dogs Compete with Livestock?
PART II. Why Have So Many Prairie Dogs Disappeared?
Chapter 6. Estimating the Abundance of Prairie Dogs
Chapter 7. Attitudes and Perceptions about Prairie Dogs
Chapter 8. Past and Current Chemical Control of Prairie Dogs
Chapter 9. Methods and Economics of Managing Prairie Dogs
Chapter 10. Recreational Shooting of Prairie Dogs
Chapter 11. Conservation of Prairie Dogs in Areas with Plague
Chapter 12. Does the Prairie Dog Merit Protection Via the Endangered Species Act?
PART III. Conservation of Prairie Dog
Chapter 13. Establishment of New Prairie Dog Colonies by Translocation
Chapter 14. A Multi-State Plan to Conserve Prairie Dogs
Chapter 15. Role of Federal Lands in the Conservation of Prairie Dogs
Chapter 16. Focal Areas for Conservation of Prairie Dogs and the Grassland Ecosystem
Chapter 17. A Proposal for More Effective Conservation of Prairie Dogs
Chapter 18. Saving Prairie Dogs: Can We? Should We?
Appendix A. Common and Scientific Names
Appendix B. Acronyms
Appendix C. Calculations for Chapter 10
List of Contributors