Prairie dogs, familiar to most Coloradoans, are a common sight in grassy areas locally. They live in colonies or towns of large, conical burrows (mounds). Two species occur in the region: the black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) of the eastern grasslands and Gunnison’s prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni) of the foothills and mountain meadows. Prairie dogs are considered a “keystone species” because so many species of wildlife are associated with prairie dog towns (rabbits, salamanders, snakes, burrowing owls, etc.). However, they can be very destructive to grazing lands/pastures and landscaped lawns in suburban/urban areas. Their large burrows are also a concern for horse lovers. Some control can be achieved with sharpshooting and over-the-counter products, but rarely enough. Live trapping can be effective in limited situations, but permits and permission are required for relocation. It’s usually best to euthanize captured animals. Commercial EPA restricted-use baits (poisons) can be effective during parts of the year. Effective control is best achieved with commercial fumigants or gas cartridges where allowed. We can provide any of these services.
We’ll have more information about prairie dog biology, problems they pose and solutions we offer coming soon. In the meantime, if you would like an investigation, call us at 719-636-1014 for an appointment and prices.