Curiosity about the “Little Dog” could not protect them

Still targeted today for extermination by ranchers, real estate developers and city councils, the prairie dog has not fared well in the settlement of the west. According to the Sierra Club, prairie dogs once numbered up to 5 billion. Today, they inhabit only 1 percent of their former range and are candidates for inclusion on the Endangered Species Act.

The little creature first entered the pages of western literature in 1804 in the journals of  William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition: Continue reading