Gunnison’s Prairie Dogs are found in the southwest four corner states in the United States. They live in short grass prairie areas in high elevation mountain valleys and plateaus. Their homes are burrow systems, with entrances that are mounds of dirt. They are active during daylight hours and are constantly vigilant while above ground. Prairie dogs eat grasses, seeds, and sometimes insects. Gunnison’s can be seen usually from April to October, they are inactive in winter and live on stored body fat.
Prairie dogs help with habitat diversity and ecosystem health. They clip vegetation and maintain open habitat for some birds. They are prey to badgers, rattle snakes, and Burrowing Owls, who also use their burrows for shelter. We found this one and many others in the northwest part of Arizona. They were very active and became vocal by our presence.