Date of Award
H. Thomas Goodwin
The ranges of two species of prairie dogs, Cynomys leucurus and Cynomys ludovicianus, overlap in a narrow area in the western Great Plains in Wyoming. We used GIS software to map their distributions and infer land cover preferences within and on either side of the zone of overlap. In general, both species used habitats in proportion to their availability and did not display strong selection of their expected vegetation types (based on the literature). However, both species of prairie dogs were overrepresented in areas of human settlements and crops, which may indicate that these species prefer human-modified habitats, or perhaps that more people look for prairie dogs in those areas.
Choi, Kenneth D., "Exploration of the Range Overlap Between Cynomys Leucurus and Cynomys Ludovicianus" (2015). Honors Theses. 124.