Life Above and Below Ground - Devils Tower, WY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 44° 35.153 W 104° 42.472
13T E 523189 N 4936990
Prairie Dogs, at the Devils Tower stie
Waymark Code: WMPRN6
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 10/14/2015
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member JacobBarlow
Views: 7

County of marker: Crook County
Location of marker: Prairie Dog town, Devils Tower
Marker erected by: National Park Service

Marker text:
Life Above and Below Ground
Above ground, Prairie Dogs are usually looking for plants to eat, eating, or scanning for predators. At a warning bark, prairie dogs dive into a dark city of tunnels, where they spend more than half their lives. They play an important role in the prairie ecosystem. Their habits change the environment, resulting in increased plant and animal diversity.

Eradication programs have reduced the black tailed prairie dog's range from thousands of square miles to a few scattered preserves like this one at Devils Tower National Monument. Prairie dogs now inhabit about two percent of the area they occupied 200 years ago.

Two hundred years ago, black tailed prairie dogs lived throughout most of the Great Plains

Safety for Prairie Dogs ad People
Do not feed or get close to prairie dogs. They can bite, and some may have plague-carrying fleas. Human food sickens prairie dogs, and feeding encourages them to wander into the road where they may be run over

Do not reach into prairie dog holes. Black widow spiders and rattlesnakes may live in there also, and both have poisonous bites.

Marker Name: Life Above and Below Ground

Marker Type: Rural Roadside

Addtional Information:

Group Responsible for Placement: National Park Service, US Department of the Interior

Web link(s) for additional information: [Web Link]

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

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