Prairie dogs now have a watchdog. The black-tailed prairie dog is a candidate for an endangered classification on the federal Endangered Species list.
The watchdog group hopes to conserve more than 293,000 acres of grassland for the animals by 2011. It's believed that prairie dogs once numbered near 800 million, but now are in the tens of thousands in Texas.
The animal has long been a controversial topic here in Lubbock. You'll remember, the city's plan to relocate the animals from the land application site failed. And therefore, the city authorized the killing of thousands of them.
The rodents are blamed for contaminating the groundwater at the site.