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Implications of new information and several recent developments to the management of black-tailed prairie dogs (cynomys ludovicianusl on the northern plains are discussed. Of primary importance is the need to conduct management programs that are as cost--effective as possible and responsive to the concerns of private land interests. Research findings indicate that cost-effectiveness can be improved by combining rodenticide use with changes in livestock grazing practices to reduce habitat suitability for prairie dogs. Other research suggests that reduced concentrations of Compound 1080 for prairie dog control warrants continued scientific evaluation. If reduced concentrations of 1080 could be used effectively and safely, the need to prebait would be eliminated and cost-effectiveness improved. New information is available that will assist in managing black-tailed prairie dog colonies on public lands for the positive social and environmental values associated with the species.