Gunnison's prairie dog

Gunnison's prairie dog

Gunnison's prairie dogs are burrowing ground squirrels found in the valleys and plateaus of the Rocky Mountains. Their sophisticated calls and dog-like barks can distinguish between their many predators. They are also specific to a species, with different populations having local dialects. Compared to other prairie dogs Gunnison's have shorter tails and, although you can't see it, they only have 40 chromosomes - all the others have 50. Their colonies are small for prairie dogs and the least socially structured.

Scientific name: Cynomys gunnisoni

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Gunnison's prairie dog taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Gunnison's prairie dog can be found in a number of locations including: North America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Gunnison's prairie dog distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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