Meerkat Cousins

June 18, 2014 at 6:00 am (Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) ()

White-tailed prairie dogs

White-tailed prairie dogs

One might think this is Meerkat Manor, but it’s actually Prairie Dog Town here in the employee housing area at Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado.


Whenever I’ve seen prairie dogs in Texas or other places, they are so shy I could never get a good photograph.  However, the ones who live here are quite comfortable living around humans.  Perhaps they feel we keep some of their predators at bay.  They do like burrowing under our houses.

This burrow is next to my front porch.

This burrow is next to my front porch.


It’s fun to watch them carefully chew the grass seedheads, or the slender pods of the tansy mustard.  Sometimes the prairie dogs will be feeding happily within good camera range, then some busybody alarmist sounds the warning and they scatter.

Busybody Alarmist

Busybody Alarmist








Desert cottontail and prairie dog

Desert cottontail and prairie dog

Bunny and dog

Bunny and dog




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  1. Alli Farkas said,

    So they like burrowing under houses, eh? Maybe we should just call them Western chipmunks…

    • Cindy McIntyre said,

      The sad thing is, these critters don’t have the sense God gave a toothpick. They don’t understand cars are BAD. I’ve never seen such carnage – and they will run right in front of you instead of the other way. They blend in with the road so they’re hard to see. 😦

      • Alli Farkas said,

        They must have taken lessons from squirrels. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve unintentionally squashed a squirrel who changed his mind in the middle of the road.

  2. Pam Leonard said,

    Some great shots there, love that you got the cottontail too.

  3. Sinbad and I on the Loose said,

    I came over here by invitation from Pam above. Great Dog pictures. I like the fluffy rabbit rear end shot too. Good capture. Devils Tower in Wyoming has a great Prairie Dog town too.

    • Cindy McIntyre said,

      I just can’t understand why people want to shoot these harmless critters for sport.

  4. Linda W said,

    I also came your way via Pam’s blog. Cute photos! I grew up in Western South Dakota and am quite familiar with prarie dogs. Nice your photography subjects are so willing. 🙂

  5. TravelBug-Susan said,

    I came over to visit from Pam’s blog “Nomadic Newfies” too. Love your photos, especially the ones with the rabbit and the prairie dogs. Great close-ups of the prairie dogs eating.

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