States Get Ranked for Their Prairie Dog Support


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Long persecuted by farmers and ranchers as pests, prairie dog species are on the rapid decline. Now, this keystone species is getting at least a little positive attention.

WildEarth Guardians has released a report grading states and federal agencies on their support of the cute critters and what they're doing to help keep the populations from shrinking further.Taking into consideration factors like habitat preservation, plague monitoring and conservation plans, the report card showed most states sitting below a B, with only Arizona and the National Park Service actually scoring a B. With all species declining and nearing threatened and endangered status, and the Mexican prairie dog currently listed as endangered, protection of this important animal is important.

"Our report card is a tool for the public to hold our state and federal government institutions accountable," said Lauren McCain, Prairie Protection Director at WildEarth Guardians. "These agencies are legally bound to protect our wildlife and habitat and most are failing miserably when it comes to prairie dogs."

Read the report card and see where your state ranks at WildEarth Guardians.

Via Scientific American
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