Nonnatives - Prairie Dog

Prairie Dog - Cynomys ludovicianus

Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.

This small mammal native to the western United States has been brought to Florida as part of the pet trade. Most sightings of these animals are likely released or escaped pets that do not persist long in the wild. Repeated sightings in the 1970s at Miami Airport are the only suggestion that a breeding population ever existed in Florida. Animals seen in Bay County were black-tailed prairie dogs, and it is assumed that any prairie dogs seen in Florida are of this common species, although other species are possible.

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
BAY 1989   Not reported breeding No reports since 1989
DADE 1973   Not reported breeding No recent reports.
JEFFERSON 2003   Not reported breeding Jefferson County Kennel Club dog track (G. Sprandel, FWC, personal observation)
LEE 2002   Not reported breeding in Cape Coral, (Nancy Douglas, FWC, personal observation)

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