Prairie Dog Warning System

Share a photo of what “fray” means to you — it could be a tear in a favorite pair of jeans, a street rumble just about to begin, or a friend diving into an oncoming wave at the beach.

Okay, so I am totally going to have to put a twist on this.  Fray can be taken as a disturbance.  This makes me think about the prairie dog warning system.  That is the epitome of disturbance.  I probably disturbed them more than they disturbed me though.  That says a lot considering how loud they were.  They sound like those good cuz bad cuz dog toys.  Imagine 10 or 20 of those being squeezed in succession and you would have the prairie dog warning system.

Prairie Dog Warning Calls
Prairie Dog Warning the Others of Our Arrival

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10 thoughts on “Prairie Dog Warning System

  1. Oh… I feel like a real silly head .. but it’s great to learn something new every day. I guess you can really tell I’m not in a military family. I really appreciate you’re setting me straight here. Yes- that would be especially troubling for soldiers landing. I’d be concerned about foot or leg injuries. Bless your husband for his service.


      1. suureal is really the werd for it ,,, we tripped out over it, has to be a pure silent night also, is a trip the crickets shut up for the prarie dogs to chant and then if ya cough er sumpin they stop till it gets quiet again… i talkin bout colorado p dogz here anyhew ….okay take care 🙂


    1. Honestly, I have no clue. I always assumed because there is a lake right over that ridge that they were some type of seagull. BTW, I saw lots of prairie dogs in Colorado. They were even living in the empty lot beside the drugstore in the middle of a very high traffic area. I do imagine though that their numbers are a fraction of what they used to be though with all the construction and building going on. I know on Federal installations (like military posts) I know it is illegal to kill them so they live where they please. I remember when we were stationed at Ft Carson my husband was complaining about the DZ (drop zone) because it was a dirt patch full of holes because of the prairie dogs. They couldn’t do anything about it. You just had to watch where you landed and hope for the best.


      1. That makes sense, if there is a lake over the ridge, gulls are a likely suspect! I think we often equate gulls as seashore birds, but they are, in fact, also found inland near large bodies of water both fresh and salt water.

        I imagine landing aircraft could get dicey in areas like Ft. Carson. Worrisome for the pilots and the prairie dogs…

        When we crossed country years ago, I recall the thrill of spotting our first sightings of Prairie Dogs and pulling over for breaks just to watch them.


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