The decade's end provides a time for taking stock of the world around us, including all creatures great and small. With the help of WildEarth Guardians and Center for Native Ecosystems, based in Denver, we've pulled together a list of endangered plants and animals in the Rocky Mountains and neighboring Great Plains that the federal government has either protected under the Endangered Species Act or are on the official waiting list. Their stories are a mixture of hope and fear, and effective action is needed to secure their futures. Check out their stories.
The Gunnison’s prairie dog
once occurred on about 24 million acres in the Four Corners area. Due to relentless persecution by the government and private parties, and a devastating disease, the species now occurs on less than 2 percent of its historic area. It’s bad news not only for the prairie dog, but for the myriad species dependent on this keystone species and the habitat it creates. The federal government designated its mountain populations, in Colorado and New Mexico, candidates for federal protection. Meanwhile, shooting, poisoning, habitat destruction, and mass die-offs continue. The Gunnison’s prairie dog needs a helping hand.
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