Prairie Dog

Prairie dogs are burrowing rodents that live in large colonies in the grasslands of central and western North America.

Volunteers Protect a Colorado Prairie Dog Colony

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Defenders volunteers gathered in Boulder County, Colorado, to help prevent prairie dogs from moving into an area where they wouldn't be protected.

Banishing Plague from the Prairie

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Vaccinating prairie dogs may be the key to saving rare black-footed ferrets

By Sharon Oosthoek

© Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski

BREAKING: Wildlife Coexistence Partnership supports more than 100 projects in 2011

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Defenders chips in over $300,000 on more than 100 projects nationwide to help ranchers and communities coexist with wildlife.

Wildlife Coexistence Partnership supports more than 100 projects nationwide in 2011

Wildlife Coexistence Partnership supports more than 100 projects nationwide in 2011
Defenders of Wildlife helps ranchers, communities coexist with wildlife in nine states and Mexico

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Prairie Species Safer From Poisons

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issues new conservation measures to protect imperiled prairie wildlife from poisoning with Rozol prairie dog bait.

Yip-Yip-Hooray!

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Defenders prairie dog expert Jonathan Proctor gets an award from the U.S. Forest Service for his outstanding work to save the species across the Great Plains.

Wild Matters: Relocation Redux and More

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by Heidi Ridgley and James Navarro

Relocation Redux

Prairie Dog Relocation, Photo: Lacy Gray / Defenders of Wildlife

Extinction Rider Defeated with Strong Bipartisan Support

Congress votes to protect endangered wildlife over special interests

On July 27, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 224-202 to strip a provision from the Interior funding bill that would have prevented any new species from being added to the endangered species list.

Wild Birds Gain Protections from Poisoning by Deadly Pesticide

Supreme Court denies Big Agriculture’s attempt to overturn EPA decision on carbofuran

In May 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case challenging a 2009 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which mandated that as of December 31, 2009 no domestically grown food crop could be grown with carbofuran, a highly toxic chemical that has killed millions of wild birds.

Joel Sartore: Protect Nebraska’s Prairie Dogs

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Defenders board member and award-winning National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore speaks out against prairie dog poisoning in his home state of Nebraska.

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