The White-tailed Prairie Dogs I saw and photographed last week in Wayne County, Utah seemed more active in the evening than mornings. It may have been that evenings were warmer but I definitely enjoyed photographing them in the golden evening light up high in the sagebrush steppe.
While the prairie dogs seemed curious about the vehicle parked nearby they mostly seemed to ignore us and went about their business which seemed to consist of eating and basking in the warmth of the slowly setting sun.
They did pay attention to the sky though and could possibly see Golden Eagles far off in the distance. Prairie dogs are prey for the eagles so keeping an eye on the sky may save their lives.
White-tailed Prairie Dogs are found in only 8% of their historical territory which includes western Wyoming and Colorado and small areas of eastern Utah and southern Montana.
Some people shoot them for fun and I simply don’t understand killing for fun.
I had a marvelous time photographing this White-tailed Prairie Dog with the warm sun on my face and a soft breeze blowing over the gentle hills. They are about the size of a cottontail rabbit and I think they are cute. They don’t live in “towns” like other prairie dogs do but instead live in smaller communities spread further apart.
Life is good and sometimes it is golden.