June 27, 2019

The Prairie Dog is…Magical.

Let us extoll the virtues of the Prairie Dog.

They’re also sooo good for the land–like big worms. And they’re smart! They speak language! They identify people based on different sweaters, colors, bikes… ~ Waylon Lewis, ed.

The below comes from an acquaintance on Facebook, and is shared here because the info is valuable and we gotta support our prairie dog friends:

[a prairie dog was caught in a window well of one of these good humans, and got out after being offered a “ladder”]

Thank you so much for being such a compassionate soul and caring about this little dude…

As a prairie dog advocate, I just don’t understand the irrational hatred many people have for this animal. As a declining keystone species, prairie dogs are crucial for the health of our prairie ecosystem and provide food for many animals (hawks, owls, coyotes, badgers, foxes, eagles etc) and shelter (mice, amphibians, snakes, insects). Without the prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets and burrowing owls would go extinct. For millions of years, prairie dogs have aerated, churned and fertilized the soils and made this land what it is.

These humble little creatures really deserve so much respect, but people villainize them and humans continue to do atrocious things to prairie dogs and all the other the animals that are in the burrows (bulldozing them alive, poisoning them with cheap and cruel poisons, using them for target practice).

I really hope that opinions will change soon and more protection will be given for prairie dogs. Without them, our prairie ecosystem will surely change, and not for the better. Our prairies would be a lot quieter and less lively with prairie dogs gone!

Also: It’s a myth that prairie dogs carry the plague. They can get infected by a plague infested FLEA and at which point prairie dogs will die very quickly. Plague is an exotic disease that humans brought to this continent and prairie dogs have no immunity to this bacteria. They are being made scapegoats out of something they are not even responsible for.


Image via Twitter.


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Jessica Ruff Jul 1, 2019 12:48pm

They are the cutest! Thank you for the information and raising awareness about the prairie dogs, this is wonderful.

Maureen Mack Jun 29, 2019 11:12pm

They have the cutest close up camera smiles ? just like the Quokkas here in Western Australia that are sometime mis-treated by humans. That was really interesting to read about Prairie Dogs. I didn’t have pets as a kid and it’s only been in recent years that I’ve started to really SEE animals. Now I watch a seagull at the beach and look into their eyes and wonder about their life, their day… I never did that as a child. I was scared of birds for starters lol but yeah I didn’t grow up around animals. …. anyway. Cool article!

Susan Rubin Jun 29, 2019 7:32am

Very informative! Thx!!

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Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view. His dream of 9 years, the Elephant “Ecosystem” will find a way to pay 1,000s of writers a month, helping reverse the tide of low-quality, unpaid writing & reading for free online.