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Doggone!

A sign for Prairie Dog Town, which is located near Oakley, Kansas.

Photo: Matt Slaby

Larry Haverfield on his ranch outside of Russell Springs, Kansas. Haverfield appreciates prairie dogs, recognizing that they help support other wildlife, such as the endangered black-footed ferret. 

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A black-tailed prairie dog peers up from its burrow at Prairie Dog Town, near Oakley, Kansas.

Photo: Matt Slaby

Kansas State University faculty and students, Fish and Wildlife Service employees, and volunteers prepare to locate and capture black-footed ferrets on the Haverfield ranch. 

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A ferret being vaccinated and tagged by a biologist at the Haverfield ranch in Kansas.

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Ron Klataske of Audubon of Kansas helped get local ranchers involved in ferret recovery.

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Prairie Dog Town, a tourist stop featuring the "world's largest prairie dog"—a 20-foot cement statue—ironically is located close to where officials are trying to eradicate the wild version. 

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Rancher Larry Haverfield and his wife, Bette, have been been fighting against the use of a chemical on their ranch that kills prairie dogs.

Photo: Matt Slaby