Archive for July 18th, 2011

Get Along Little (Prairie) Doggies

Monday, July 18th, 2011

This is Passport to Texas

Prairie dogs live in connected underground burrows called “towns,” which have been known to encompass up to 1,000 acres of land!

These colonies are divided into social groups usually consisting of one male, up to four females, and offspring that are less than two years of age.

Pat Bales, San Angelo SP Assistant Superintendent, says the animals are active only in daylight hours.

30—They’re most active during the cool hours of the day, during that time they’ll engage in the social activities- visiting, grooming, as well as feeding of grasses and herbs. And normally whenever they are out feeding like that, they’ll have a sentry and they’ll have a lookout. And their mounds are built up high. They’re kind of unique little engineers. They’ll build one mound, end of their mound higher than the other, and an out hole. The reason they do that: it creates a high pressure/low pressure situation which enables air to continuously flow through there. And down in the burrow itself, they’ll have little compartments where they can sleep, where they can feed.

Prairie dogs were indigenous to the San Angelo area, but various factors drastically reduced their population. Yet, thanks to dedicated prairie pup lovers – they’re back.

04—Actually, we have 2 towns- we’ve established one on the north side and south side of the park.

See a video of the park and the prairie dogs on the Texas Parks and Wildlife YouTube channel.

That’s our show for today… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti