Utah Prairie Dog
By: Katy Miele
Why is it endangered?
Why is it important?
Over 200 species have been associated with the prairie dog colonies, including species that either directly depend upon or directly benefit by their activity for survival. They are considered keystone species that perform many important ecological functions including soil aeration which helps plants grow, providing prey for other animals, and maintaing meadow ecosystems.
Tourists come to Utah to see them which brings in money.