Underdogs
 
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With the help and encouragement of the United States government, the prairie dog population has dropped by 98 percent in eight short decades. The decline of the prairie dog threatens many other animals and plants which utilize this “umbrella” species for food or shelter. Prairie dogs have powerful foes—especially ranchers who argue that prairie dogs are ruining their livestock business. When economic and environmental interests clash, who should prevail?

 

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