Prarie Dog Removal & Control Services

Southwest Colorado Local Animal Control

Prairie Dog Facts!

Scientific name: Cynomys

Gunnison’s prairie dogs are found primarily in the Four Corners region of North America. They are part of the squirrel family of rodents and can live in communities of hundreds of individuals.

You can tell this species apart from other rodents by their yellow-toned coat, peppered with black hairs. Their head also tends to be distinctively darker than the rest of their body.

Another telling characteristic is the placement of their eyes. The prairie dog has wide peripheral vision due to the location of the eyes on the sides of their heads. This allows the animal to spot predators more quickly. 

All prairie dogs are diurnal, which means they are most active in the early morning and late afternoon. When the temperature starts to cool, they become more active during the day. When it snows or rains, the prairie dogs will stay underground.

Gunnison’s prairie dog stays underground for long periods of time during winter. Their bodies rely on their stored body fat during hibernation. After hibernation, they become active again around March or April.

While prairie dogs are cute, they should never be handled. These animals carry potentially deadly diseases that can be easily transmitted – such as bubonic plague. Tragically, a death caused by plague occurred in La Plata County this year. 

*Plague is frequently detected in certain rodent species: prairie dogs, rock squirrels, wood rats, ground squirrels, and chipmunks. 

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Prairie dogs can be a nuisance to any homeowner. Their tunneling can tear up gardens and cause damage to the foundation of a structure. They are notorious for digging, gnawing, and chewing. The presence of prairie dogs can also attract unwanted predators to your home. 

San Juan Wildlife Services strives to take care of your rodent issues in a way that is humane and effective. Though Southwest Colorado and Northern New Mexico use a variety of removal techniques, our team has determined that the PERC method is the most successful while also aligning with our values.

Using Pressurized Exhaust Rodent Control ( PERC) for prairie dog removal is both safe and humane, while effectively eliminating the problem. There is no poison left behind, no blasting, digging, or trapping. This method is also completely safe to use around pets and livestock.

PERC is a state-of-the-art solution that targets burrowing rodents without compromising crops and vegetation or endangering other wildlife. The process involves injecting carbon monoxide into the tunnel system with great accuracy. Then, the gas will spread throughout the tunnel, putting the rodents to sleep. This is safe, humane, and highly effective if it is done under extreme pressure.

Contact us today if you have any questions or need immediate removal.

Prairie Dog Removal

Equipment for servicing gopher and prairie dog holes.

We provide animal control and removal services in the following areas:

Colorado: Allison, Arboles, Bayfield, Cahone, Cortez, Dolores, Dove Creek Durango, Fort Lewis, Gem Village, Hermosa, Hesperus, Ignacio, Mancos, Marvel, Mesa Verde, Pagosa Springs, Pleasant View, Rico, Silverton, Towaoc, Vallecito, Yellow Jacket

New Mexico: San Juan County, Mickenley County, Sandoval County, Cibola County, Bernalillo County, Valencia County, Socorro County, Sierra County, Catron County, Rio Arriba County

Arizona: Apache County, Navajo County

Utah: San Juan County, Grand County

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Prairie Dog Removal
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“Tom Hayes of San Juan Wildlife Services is great to work with! He is incredibly responsive, professional, and easy to work with. He responded in a timely fashion and offered same-day services. We plan to use him in the future and would highly recommend him to others!”

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“I worked with Tom on a property in CO and he was excellent to work with! I would highly recommend him and will be using his services in the future.”

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“Tom is wonderful to work with and super knowledgeable about the best, most efficient, and most importantly HUMANE ways to remove unwanted critters from your property.”

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