Black-Tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Prairie dogs are small, stout ground squirrels. The total length of an adult black-tailed prairie dog is approximately 14-17 inches. The weight of an individual ranges from 1 to 3 pounds. Individual appearances within the species vary in mixed colors of brown, black, gray, and white. The black-tipped tail is characteristic (Hoogland 1995). Black-tailed prairie dogs are diurnal, burrowing animals. They do not hibernate as do white-tailed, Gunnison, and Utah prairie dogs (Hoogland 1995, Tileston and Lechleitner 1966). The black-footed ferret, swift fox , mountain plover, ferruginous hawk, burrowing owl , and number other species are dependent upon prairie dogs to varying degrees.
- States/US Territories in which the Black-Tailed prairie dog is known to or is believed to occur: Colorado , Kansas , Montana , Nebraska , New Mexico , North Dakota , Oklahoma , South Dakota , Texas , Wyoming
- US Counties in which the Black-Tailed prairie dog is known to or is believed to occur: View All
- For more information: http://mountain-prairie.fws.gov/species/mammals/btprairiedog/
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|Mountain-Prairie Region (Region 6)|
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No recovery information is available for the Black-Tailed prairie dog.
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No critical habitat rules have been published for the Black-Tailed prairie dog.
» Conservation Plans
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|CCAA Plan Summaries|
|4W Ranch, Harshbarger|
|12/03/2009||74 FR 63343 63366||12-Month Finding on a Petition to List the Black-tailed Prairie Dog as Threatened or Endangered|
|12/02/2008||73 FR 73211 73219||90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Black-tailed Prairie Dog as Threatened or Endangered|
|02/04/2000||65 FR 5476 5488||12-Month Finding for a Petition To List the Black-Tailed Prairie Dog as Threatened|
|03/25/1999||64 FR 14424 14428||ETWP; 90-day Finding for a Petition To List the Black-Tailed Prairie Dog as Threatened|
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