What Eats Prairie Dogs?


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Black-footed ferrets, coyotes, badgers, foxes, bobcats, weasels, falcons, hawks and eagles eat young and mature prairie dogs. Bullsnakes and rattlesnakes prey upon young prairie dogs.

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Prairie dogs are social animals that live together in huge groups called towns. A prairie dog town, comprising a complicated network of holes and tunnels, can stretch as far as 10,000 feet across. It can contain hundreds or even thousands of these small animals. Consequently, a prairie dog town can support many predators.

A prairie dog town helps shape the area's habitat, supporting up to 150 species, including predators. The animals' holes and tunnels help aerate the ground, benefiting a large number of plants that are consumed by many creatures. Some of these creatures even make their homes in the prairie dogs' burrows.

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