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Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) response to seasonality and frequency of fireAuthor(s): Felicia D. Archuleta
Source: Las Vegas, NM: New Mexico Highlands University. 90 p. Thesis.
Publication Series: Theses
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionFragmentation of the landscape, habitat loss, and fire suppression, all a result of European settlement and activities, have precipitated both the decline of Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) populations and the occurrence of fire throughout the Great Plains, including the Shortgrass steppe of northeastern New Mexico. The presence of Black-tailed prairie dogs, a keystone species, and the occurrence of fire both play a vital role in maintaining the integrity and diversity of grassland ecosystems. In addition to serving as prey for the endangered Black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), Black-tailed prairie dogs conspicuously alter grassland landscapes and provide foraging, shelter, and nesting habitat for a diverse array of grassland species.
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CitationArchuleta, Felicia D. 2014. Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) response to seasonality and frequency of fire. Las Vegas, NM: New Mexico Highlands University. 90 p. Thesis.
KeywordsBlack-tailed prairie dog, Cynomys ludovicianus, habitat, population decline, restoration
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