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Species Assessment For White-Tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys Leucurus) In Wyoming

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White tailed prairie dog range presently occurs 4 western states; Wyoming (71%), Colorado (16%), Utah (12%) and Montana (1%). This species is typically found in shrub-steppe and grassland environments in cool intermountain basins. White tails are one of five species of Cynomys, they have many characteristics that make them unique. Historically, white tails have been much maligned by white settlers in the west. Aggressive, government sponsored poisoning campaigns coupled with unregulated shooting and, most recently, the introduction of an exotic disesase (Plague, Yersinia pestis) have worked in unison to reduce population sizes from what they once presumably were. Currently, white-tailed prairie dogs still occur across most [...]

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