While I spent the morning sitting and looking at a badger den hoping for activity, this prairie dog grabbed a piece of dung (I think) and decided to watch me. Unfortunately, neither of us got much of a show as the badger didn’t appear so I pretty much wasted a couple of hours. Of course I am sure this little one was happy to not have to run from the deadly predator. 😉
While some view this rodent as a pest, it is in fact a keystone species whose survival is crucial to many others from badgers to coyotes to all types of raptors. They are common on the Great Plains however their habitat is regularly threatened by human encroachment.