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Conata Basin, Buffalo Gap National Grassland, South Dakota..Black-tailed prairie dogs gather outside burrow holding session in late afternoon in early June...Within colonies, prairie dogs live in territorial family groups made up adults and yearlings. Called coteries, these family groups can fluctuate between just a few to nearly 30 individuals...Prairie dogs are keystone species, and are critical to the integrity of the grassland ecosystem....
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Conata Basin, Buffalo Gap National Grassland, South Dakota..Black-tailed prairie dogs gather outside burrow holding session in late afternoon in early June...Within colonies, prairie dogs live in territorial family groups made up adults and yearlings. Called coteries, these family groups can fluctuate between just a few to nearly 30 individuals...Prairie dogs are keystone species, and are critical to the integrity of the grassland ecosystem....