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Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012 12:12 am | Updated: 12:13 am, Mon Nov 12, 2012.

The prairie dog is one of the most loved and most hated animals in South Dakota. Their spread is vast, with about 630,849 acres of black-tailed prairie dog colonies documented in 30 counties in 2008 by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

As a keystone species, prairie dogs play a vital role in the prairie ecosystem. For farmers and ranchers, they mean forage competition for livestock.

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