Barking prairie dog standing near a burrow. Photo by Petr Ganaj from Pexels.

How Many Prairie Dogs live inside TDR National Park?

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 standing and eating near one of his burrows. Photo by Pixabay at Pexels.

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.

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