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Black-tailed prairie dogs are stocky, burrowing rodents that are members of the squirrel family. They are the only species of prairie dog native to Nebraska and they live across the western three-fourths of the state. They cause problems, however, when they conflict with livestock ranching and other land uses, or cause a threat to human health and safety.
This NebGuide provides information on the life history and legal status of black-tailed prairie dogs and prevention and control of the damage they can cause.