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Prairie dogs (cynomys ludovicianus) are the most social members of the squirrel family and are closely related to ground squirrels, chipmunks, and marmots. Prairie dogs are extremely smart and even have a complex language, with dialects unique to each of the five species.

In 1900 an estimated five billion prairie dogs lived in North America. Unfortunately, many ranchers over the years came to view prairie dogs as pests that compete with their livestock for food. Since then the prairie dog population has been reduced by 98 percent. Different wildlife conservation groups have long been working to help reestablish the once-flourishing prairie dog populations across North America.

Listen to the sound of a prairie dog!

Watch a prairie dog, up close and personal, by clicking the Play button below!

Here's a YouTube video about Prairie Dog language! Click the Play button below!