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Date of this Version

October 1981


Blacktail prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) were more abundant (P < 0.01) in areas of southwestern South Dakota heavily grazed by cattle than in areas where cattle were excluded. Results suggest that periodic exclusions or reduced cattle stocking rates, in combination with control programs, help regulate prairie dog population increase and expansion as indexed by burrow counts.