Prairie dogs are often not tolerated by private landowners, many of whom have eradicated them from their properties. Fortunately, there are others who understand the critical role this keystone species plays in maintaining a healthy grassland environment. Defenders of Wildlife is making sure that conservation-minded landowners are able to help protect prairie dogs on their own land.
Our nation’s 17 Great Plains national grasslands are managed by the U.S. Forest Service. These 3.5 million acres of public land are prime habitat for prairie dogs and other wildlife. As the main public lands in a region dominated by private land, the national grasslands are critical for maintaining healthy wildlife populations.
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.