The effects of black-tailed prairie dogs on plant communities within a complex urban landscape: an ecological surprise?

@article{Beals2014TheEO,
  title={The effects of black-tailed prairie dogs on plant communities within a complex urban landscape: an ecological surprise?},
  author={Stower Charles Beals and Laurel M Hartley and Janet S Prev{\'e}y and Timothy R. Seastedt},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2014},
  volume={95 5},
  pages={1349-59}
}
Historically, prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.) have been considered essential keystone species of western United States grassland ecosystems because they provide unique services and increase vegetation community richness, evenness, and diversity. However, the effects of black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) on lands adjacent to or surrounded by urban areas may not result in the same ecosystem benefits historically associated with their presence. An urban landscape presents prairie dogs… CONTINUE READING
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