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Date:         Sun, 11 Jan 2004 09:22:22 -0500
Reply-To:     Brad_Bergstrom <bergstrm@VALDOSTA.EDU>
Sender:       Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Brad_Bergstrom <bergstrm@VALDOSTA.EDU>
Subject:      Re: prairie dogs
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You wrote:

> I do know, if I were that rancher, I wouldn't be too happy > about having prairie dog holes all over my pasture!

Unfortunately, that's the kind of attitude, held by too many western ranchers, that doomed prairie dogs to extirpation from nearly 98% of their original range and in turn the Black-footed Ferret to near extinction. It's also had severe impacts on the populations of Burrowing Owls and a host of other species of the native western flora and fauna. You want to see lots of Ferruginous Hawks, Mountain Plovers and badgers? Go find one of the few remaining healthy p-dog towns.

None of which is to say that p-dogs belong in GA (don't worry, they're easily exterminated; that widespread attitude is a lot tougher).

Brad ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brad Bergstrom, Ph.D., Professor TEL 229-333-5770 /-5759 Department of Biology FAX 229-245-6585 Valdosta State University e-mail: Valdosta, GA 31698-0015 Home: 229-333-0743 Home Page-- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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