Black-tailed prairie dog populations of Rocky Mountain Arsenal : draft final report

Metadata Updated: October 10, 2019

A number of wildlife species depend either directly or indirectly on the existence of prairie dogs. Rattlesnakes, desert cottontails, and burrowing owls use the burrows on prairie dog towns for cover and nesting, while many other birds utilize prairie dog towns as feeding and resting locations. Badgers, coyotes, weasels, rattlesnakes, bald eagles, golden eagles, ferruginous and a variety of other hawks all prey upon prairie dogs at Rocky Mountain Arsenal (RMA). Black-tailed prairie dogs obviously hold an important position as a key species and as developer of their unique ecosystem on approximately 30 percent of RMA acreage. Visual counts of black-tailed prairie dogs were undertaken in summer 1987 by Environmental Science and Engineering, Inc. (ESE) to estimate their population density and overall population at RMA. A subsequent study was completed by ESE in January 1988 to estimate the number of prairie dogs available as prey for raptors foraging on RMA, including the bald eagle. The objective of this study was to collect regional data on the population densities of black-tailed prairie dogs on RMA. Results will be used by the u.s. Fish and Wildlife Service to evaluate the prey base for bald eagles and other raptors, and by the U.S. Army to help assess and quantify the effects of Arsenal contamination on biota.

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Metadata Created Date April 30, 2019
Metadata Updated Date October 10, 2019

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Metadata Created Date April 30, 2019
Metadata Updated Date October 10, 2019
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