How Many Prairie Dogs live inside TDR National Park?
North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park is home to the black-tailed prairie dog. Named for their dog like barks and black-tipped tail, this species of prairie dog is small, with a shorter tail. Their eyes and ears are set far back on their heads for vision and hearing acumen. Being a favorite meal to most predators at the park, they needed an edge. The math says their edge is working.
Prairie Dog facts for Prairie Dog Math:
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park is roughly 110 square miles of North Dakota wilds.
- A prairie dog town consists of numerous burrows closely spaced for quick exits from danger. Each burrow is a network of interconnecting tunnels and more emergency entrance holes.
- The primary prairie dog unit is called a coterie. An acre or so with 55 burrow entrances that is occupied by a single-family group consisting of one adult male, several adult females, and offspring.
- The number of prairie dogs in each prairie dog town fluctuates, but on average 12 individuals reside per 2.5 acres.
Let's do prairie dog math!!
110 square miles X 640 (because there are 640 acres in a square mile) = 70,400 acres
70,400 acres / 2.5 town acres = 28,160 prairie dog towns
28.160 towns X 12 average residents = 337,920 black tailed prairie dogs at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Someone, somewhere, who really does math well, is screaming into a pillow now.