Prairie Dog Removal Colorado
Professional trapping, control and removal services for prairie dogs in Colorado. Get rid of your prairie dog problems once and for all! Prairie dogs can damage rangeland and occasionally harbor plague.
We provide complete wildlife control solutions to all types of animal conflicts, including prairie dogs. If you are having an animal problem rodents, ground squirrels, moles, mice, prairie dogs, groundhogs, snakes, skunks, raccoons, possums, we offer complete solutions. We are Colorado's nuisance animal removal specialists providing complete, effective wildlife control services throughout Colorado.
We specialize in the removal and control of Colorado wildlife nuisance pest conflicts. Prairie Dog removal in Colorado is closely regulated by the State of Colorado and by the Colorado Department of Conservation to ensure humane and proper treatment of nuisance wildlife. Before you hire any animal removal company in Colorado, be sure they have the proper nuisance wildlife permit from the Colorado Department of Conservation. Also, make sure that they have the proper insurance and license before they perform any type of work to your home or business.
Prairie dogs are considered nuisances by people who live in Colorado and in the plains regions because of their incessant digging and feeding habits. Prairie dogs are mainly herbivores and love to snack on vegetation and plant roots, creating a lot of problems for farmers and gardeners who can lose large portions of their harvest. Prairie dogs can also cause damage to crops, fields or your lawn by digging burrows and tunnels under the surface of the ground which can leave mounds on your lawn and kills all the plant roots that they come in contact with. Prairie dogs are known to carry diseases and parasites like rabies and even the plague in some areas. If you have prairie dogs, it is best to remove them before their population gets out of control.
Prairie Dog Biology
Prairie dogs form colonies commonly referred to as "prairie dog towns". Coteries, small groups within the town, are generally composed of one adult male, three adult females, and six offspring. Prairie dogs within a coterie defend their territory within the larger town. They live in burrows about 10 yards apart, 3 to 14 feet deep, and 10 to more than 100 feet long.
A mound 3 to 10 feet across and 6 to 12 inches high at the entrance of the burrow prevents water from rushing in and serves as a lookout station. A density of 35 black-tailed prairie dog mounds per acre is common, although up to 95 mounds have been reported. Burrow systems have one to three entrances. Black-tailed prairie dog numbers vary from about five per acre in late winter to 20 per acre after the birth of pups in spring. Prairie dog spring densities can be as high as 35 animals per acre.
The role of prairie dogs in reducing available range forage for livestock is not well studied. Several factors can influence forage reduction, including geographic location, rainfall, dominant grass species and duration of prairie dog habitation. Recent research suggests effects ranging from 20 to 30 percent less forage to an increase in the percentage of grass species preferred by livestock
Three Species of Prairie Dogs in Colorado
Prairie dogs occupy an estimated two million acres in North America and are commonly found in Colorado. Three species of prairie dogs found in Colorado are the Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus - eastern plains), Gunnison’s prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni southwestern third of Colorado), White-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys leucurus northwestern third of Colorado).
Get Rid of Prairie Dogs
The top methods to get rid of problematic prairie dogs are relocation, visual barriers, shooting, poison grain bait, and fumigation. Elimination of prairie dogs does not guarantee the recovery of productive rangeland. Additional efforts must be taken to restore the affected range and grasslands. The best way to get rid of prairie dogs is to call a professional wildlife removal specialist to get rid of them. Our network of experts has the tools, knowledge and expertise to get rid of prairie dogs safely and humanely.