Mammals on Monday-Gunnison’s Prairie Dogs

I had to make a quick trip to Taos, New Mexico this weekend to take care of some business. While I was there I was delighted to see a colony of Gunnison’s Prairie Dogs chasing each other around in an empty field. The Gunnison’s Prairie Dog has a much shorter tail than other prairie dogs and is found around the Four Corners area of the American Southwest from 5,000-11,000 feet. Their coloring is unique among prairie dogs in that the upper head, sides of the cheeks, and eyebrows are distinctly darker than the rest of the body.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog

Gunnison's Prairie Dogs, Taos New Mexico.

Gunnison's Prairie Dogs, Taos New Mexico.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog, Taos, New Mexico.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog, Taos, New Mexico.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog in the burrow.

Gunnison's Prairie Dog in the burrow.

Another Gunnison's Prairie Dog in the burrow.

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2 responses to “Mammals on Monday-Gunnison’s Prairie Dogs

  1. I was a park ranger in Gunnison, CO back in 1988 and we had several “towns” of these great characters. Thanks for sharing! you’ve brought back some great memories!

  2. They are adorable and fascinating little creatures. I love watching them. Happy you enjoyed the photos.🙂

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