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Who's the "Candy Bar" of the Prairie?


Predators trick-or-treating across the prairie are on the look out for their favorite full-sized candy bar: the prairie dog. In a new video released today, hear from our biologists as they talk about the crucial role that these miniature rodents play in the larger ecosystem. Prairie dogs not only construct a diverse landscape with their eating and digging habits — look at those claws! — they are also an important part of the grassland food chain.

Watch the video to learn why American Prairie is increasing prairie dog populations and how this work benefits species ranging from birds to bison.

Photo: Gib Myers/American Prairie

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