This prairie dog was quite focused on its prickly meal on the Colorado plains.
Most locals are entirely dismissive of these creatures and they are indeed oftentimes viewed as pests. The reality is though, they are a keystone species and critical to the survival of many other, more favorably thought of forms of wildlife.
Everything from foxes and coyotes to eagles and owls depend on them for food and shelter. Wipe out the prairie dog and you eliminate dozens of other species as well. Something to think about.