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How to Make an Educated Guess About Prairie Dog Pups
June 2, 2011

NO ONE knows how many prairie dog babies have been born; Not even the Prairie Dog Squad! So here’s how you can make an educated guess:

Use what we know:

  • There are 26 prairie dog litters
  • There can be between 1 and 8 pups in each litter, but the average number of pups in a litter is 5
  • 75% of prairie dog pups actually make it out of the burrow

This means:

  • The largest number of prairie dog pups would be 26 x 8 x = 208.
  • The smallest number of prairie dog pups would be 26 x 1 = 26.
  • The most likely number would be 26 x 5 x .75 = 98.

With this information, you can make what is called an educated guess. An educated guess is what we call a guess in science, because we use good data to make your guess. It’s not totally random.

Since there is really no way to predict the actual number of prairie dog pups to come out of their burrows this year, any guess between 33 and 264 is a good guess.

What do you think? Just enter your educated guess in the comments section below or go to the feature, See Why Everyone Loves Prairie Dogs.

Remember, the girl whose educated guess is closest to the real number will get a t-shirt. Woo hoo!

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