Correlations Between Burrowing Owl and Black- Tailed Prairie Dog Declines: A 7-Year Analysis

@article{Desmond2000CorrelationsBB,
  title={Correlations Between Burrowing Owl and Black- Tailed Prairie Dog Declines: A 7-Year Analysis},
  author={Martha J. Desmond and Julie A. Savidge and Kent M. Eskridge},
  journal={Journal of Wildlife Management},
  year={2000},
  volume={64},
  pages={1067-1075}
}
Concern over the status of species associated with prairie dog colonies has increased with the recent proposed listing of black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus). We monitored burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) populations and prairie dog densities in 17 black-tailed prairie dog colonies in the Nebraska panhandle between 1990 and 1996. All prairie dog colonies were controlled at least once during the study. We observed a 63% decline in nesting pairs of burrowing owls and significant… 

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