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Utah Prairie Dogs: Friend or Foe?

Take the quiz to learn more about this threatened Utah species!

The Nature Conservancy in Utah: Test Your Knowledge!

Utah prairie dogs are no stranger to controversy. While many find the presence of these threatened critters to be a nuisance, the Utah prairie dog plays an important role in maintaining the health of our local ecosystems.

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of this fascinating species and learn how we can save remaining populations from peril.

Quiz Instructions: To find out how much you know about Utah prairie dogs, click on an answer. Our interactive quiz will tell you if you're right or if you're wrong. You may be surprised ...

  1. In which region can you find the Utah prairie dog?

    Southwest Utah

    Southwest Utah | Correct

    Uinta Basin

    Uinta Basin | Incorrect

    Canyonlands

    Canyonlands | Incorrect

    Great Salt Lake

    Great Salt Lake | Incorrect

  2. What do Utah prairie dogs eat?

    Flowers

    Flowers | Incorrect

    Seeds

    Seeds | Incorrect

    Insects

    Insects | Incorrect

    All of the above

    All of the above | Correct

  3. True or False: Prairie dogs have their own language.

    True

    True | Correct

    False

    False | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

  4. Utah prairie dogs are a keystone species because ____:

    They provide burrows for other species

    They provide burrows for other species | Incorrect

    Their burrows allow the soil to better absorb water and nutrients

    Their burrows allow the soil to better absorb water and nutrients | Incorrect

    They are a source of food for predators

    They are a source of food for predators | Incorrect

    All of the above

    All of the above | Correct

  5. Why are prairie dog populations in decline?

    Plague

    Plague | Incorrect

    Habitat loss

    Habitat loss | Incorrect

    Poaching

    Poaching | Incorrect

    All of the above

    All of the above | Correct

  6. What actions are being taken to recover this species?

    Preservation of prairie dog habitat

    Preservation of prairie dog habitat | Incorrect

    Researching and managing spread of plague

    Researching and managing spread of plague | Incorrect

    Translocating prairie dog populations

    Translocating prairie dog populations | Incorrect

    All of the above

    All of the above | Correct

  7. Which organizations are working to protect the Utah prairie dog?

    The Nature Conservancy

    The Nature Conservancy | Incorrect

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) | Incorrect

    Utah Department of Natural Resources (UDNR)

    Utah Department of Natural Resources (UDNR) | Incorrect

    All of the above

    All of the above | Correct

Scoring

0-3 Correct:  You still have a lot to learn about Utah prairie dogs! Visit this web page to learn more about this keystone species.

4-5 Correct:  You are getting there. Learn how the Conservancy is working to protect these prairie dogs to help you do better!

6-7 Correct:  You are a quiz whiz! But have you heard the latest news? Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on our efforts to protect this species.

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