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White-Tailed Prairie Dog. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

A chuckle with the White-Tailed Prairie Dog.


YOUNG: We leave you this week with a chuckle.


YOUNG: These white-tailed prairie dogs might have been laughing at producer Jeff Rice as he recorded their calls with a large parabolic microphone in Deseret Ranch in northern Utah. But the well being of this species is no laughing matter. Their populations – and habitat - are in decline due to disease and development, yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just declared the white-tailed prairie dog does not require protection under the Endangered Species Act. Jeff Rice recorded them for the University of Utah Marriott Library, westernsoundscape.org.

White-Tailed Prairie Dog. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Information on the White-Tailed Prairie Dog

Western Soundscape Archive

The Institute of Museum and Library Services funds the Western Soundscape Archive


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