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Copyright: Allan Farnsworth (fallan) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 18] (75)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-22
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-02 21:35
Viewed: 3219
Points: 4
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Utah Prairie Dog

Although many people in southern Utah may find this hard to believe, the Utah Prairie Dog is protected by the Endangered Species Act. Back in the early 1900's it was estimated there were about 100,000 dogs in this corner of the state. Now their numbers are closer to 8,000, most of them being found on the golf course, where this picture was taken. On some holes, a hole in one is quite a common occurance. In fact I made one just the other day. Of course, the dogs seldom give your ball back.

Although the little critters are around people (if you can call golfers people) they are still very shy. The minute you step out of your golf cart they take off. After doing my best to imitate a golfer (if you saw me swing a club, you would know what I mean) for the better part of two hours, I finally found this little one next to the last green. I was able to belly crawl to within about ten feet and snap the photo. Fortunately, there wasn't anyone behind me for a hole or two.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-05-04 6:59]

Hi Allan, I read your notes with great interest and this little prairie dog is so cute, very good capture. It is a funny little animal, there is no ear pavilion and it has such a nice coat. Thanks for sharing this one and by the way, your gallery is very interesting with great photos. Thank you!


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good shot, these types of animals are always so hard to photograph, looks like you had to do alot to get a good shot of one

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