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Prairie Dog Predator Challenge

All three of the predators are dangerous to prairie dogs. But which one of them is the most dangerous? That was last week’s Prairie Dog Predator challenge. Did you take it?

Here is the answer!

According to the Prairie Dog Squad, here are the number of captures or successful attacks for each of these dangerous predators so far this year, at Dr. John Hoogland’s research site in New Mexico. See if you were right about which of these predators is the most dangerous:

1) The Bobcat captured 3 prairie dogs


2) The Golden Eagle captured 11 prairie dogs


3) The Coyote captured 18 prairie dogs

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Wow! The COYOTE is the most dangerous predator this year! Were you right? Are you surprised?


(Photo Credits: Paul and Jill, goingslo, jack_spellingbacon, victoria burman)

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Join the Jr. Prairie Dog Squad
Prairie Dog Pup


All you have to do is help the Prairie Dog Squad, led by Dr. John Hoogland, figure out how many prairie dog pups are going to be born this year on his study site. Ready?

Here are the facts:

  • There are 229 adult prairie dogs. 123 of these are females.
  • Females usually have litters 1-7 prairie dog pups in a litter, and the most common litter size is 4.
  • To guess how many pups will be caught and marked this year, just  multiply the number of females (123) times the average number of pups in a litter (4) and then factor in the variables.


Variables? Yes, variables. Variables are facts that can change the way things normally work. So with prairie dog pups, you need to know that:

- Not all female prairie dogs have litters.

- Not all pups survive and come above ground so that they can be counted – sometimes they get sick or predator gets to them first!

So give it some thought and see what you think. How many prairie dog pups do YOU think our team of researchers will count this year?

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You can become a Jr. Prairie Dog Squad Member! All peeps who enter an estimate will earn this uber cool Prairie Dog Achievement:


(Photo Credit: harmi2009)

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Prairie Dog Predator Challenge

The Prairie Dog Squad knows that these 3 predators attack prairie dogs.


1) The Bobcat



2) The Golden Eagle



3) The Coyote


Your Challenge is to tell iTwixie which predator you think is the most DANGEROUS to the prairie dog.

All you have to do to take this Challenge is to write which predator you think is the most dangerous in the comment section below. Everyone who enters a name will win the Prairie Dog Challenge Award! So how do you think you can figure this out? What makes a predator most dangerous? Do you think it has to do with how many times it attacks the prairie dog town? Or how many prairie dogs it attacks? Hmmm…

Be sure to stay tuned because in July, the Prairie Dog Squad, led by Dr. John Hoogland, will let us know which predator was the most dangerous and why. Which one do you think it will be? Get your challenge answer in now!

(Photo Credits: Paul and Jill, goingslo, jack_spellingbacon, ZionNPS)

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A Prairie Dog Like You
Prairie Dog Family

Over the years, iTwixie has studied prairie dogs with our special BFFs from the Prairie Dog Squad, led by Dr. John Hoogland. And wow, do they have big news. Sure, you already know that prairie dogs are social, that they give hello kisses to each other and that they have a really charming warning call to alert their whole prairie dog town about danger. But now there’s more news!


The Prairie Dog Squad bets you can guess what it is! And so here’s this week’s STEM Challenge: From everything you know about prairie dogs, guess which of these is true about prairie dogs, when all of their family members go away:

1) True or False? Prairie dogs wander around like nomads, so they don’t notice if their family is around or not.

2) True or False? Family is everything to a prairie dog. Even cousins are considered family. So when some of a family goes, so goes the rest of the family!

3) True or False? If a prairie dog’s family leaves, the one that’s left behind will just wait for them all to come back.

Just enter your answer in the comments section.  All entries will be put into a drawing.The winner will get a cool, Day of the Girl t-shirt! It’s the last one! The winner will be announced next week, March 19.

Good luck! And give our peeps from the Prairie Dog Squad a huge Shout Out right here!

(Photo Credit: Elaine Bond)

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