Prairie Dog Lover's Burrow

Outreach * Rescue * Advocacy


Prairie Dog Coalition hired Big Sky Conservation Institute to create this map

In 1900, an enormous prairie dog settlement was reported on the high plains of Texas that extended 100 miles in one direction, and 250 miles in the other. An estimated 400 million prairie dogs lived in this "town!"

At one time you could find prairie dogs throughout most of the western United States from Canada to Mexico,  Montana,  the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming, including higher elevations of the Mojave, Great Basin and Chihuahuan deserts.

Prairie Dogs are the most social members of the Squirrel Family and are closely related to ground squirrels, chipmunks and marmots.
There are 5 species of Prairie Dogs (genus cynomys):

Black-Tailed and Gunnison's "PD Pals"

Boo Boo and Speedbump


Black-Tailed  (cynomys ludovicianus)

The Black-tailed Prairie Dog (cynomys ludovicianus) occupies narrow bands of dry plains stretching from central Texans to Canada.


Mollie & Boo Boo







Black-tailed Color Variations


Gunnison (cynomys gunnisoni)

The Gunnison's Prairie Dog (cynomys gunnisoni) has a much shorter tail than other prairie dogs, and it is uniquely colored.  They are centered around the 'Four Corners' from 5000 - 11000 feet.



White-Tailed  (cynomys leucurus)

The White-tailed Prairie Dog (cynomys leucurus) inhabits Western US: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.




Utah (cynomys parvidens)

The Utah Prairie Dog (cynomys parvidens) is the smallest of all Prairie Dogs and threatened.



Mexican (cynomys mexicanus)

The Mexican Prairie Dog (cynomys mexicanus ) is an endangered species with a limited distribution only within parts of Mexico.