Skip to Main Content
U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Home > Search > Publication Information

  1. Share via EmailShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter
    Dislike this pubLike this pub
    Author(s): B. Miller; R. Reading; J. Hoogland; T. Clark; G. Ceballos; R. List; S. Forrest; L. Hanebury; P. Manzano; J. Pacheco; D. Uresk
    Date: 2000
    Source: Conservation biology 14(1): p. 318-321
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
    PDF: View PDF  (62 KB)


    Stapp (1998) recently argued that it was premature to characterize prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.) as keystone species. In particular, Stapp directed much of his criticism at a paper some of us wrote (Miller et al. 1994). He mistakenly interprets the main objective of our paper as providing evidence that prairie dogs are keystone species. Rather, the purpose of that paper was to outline an integrated strategy for conserving prairie dogs, and the theme was legal protection, habitat preservation, education, and economic incentives. It was presented in the context of prairie dog management policies having reduced grassland diversity. A discussion of the effect of prairie dogs on the ecosystem was, therefore, limited largely to an introductory paragraph. In this comment we address levels of knowledge about prairie dogs and prairie dogs as a keystone species.

    Publication Notes

    • You may send email to to request a hard copy of this publication.
    • (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
    • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.


    Miller, B.; Reading, R.; Hoogland, J.; Clark, T.; Ceballos, G.; List, R.; Forrest, S.; Hanebury, L.; Manzano, P.; Pacheco, J.; Uresk, D. 2000. The role of prairie dogs as a keystone species: response to Stapp. Conservation biology 14(1): p. 318-321


    Cynomys, keystone species, ecosystems, wildlife managment

    Related Search

    XML: View XML
Show More
Show Fewer
Jump to Top of Page