This fellow located at a small store just outside the park is my stand-in for the real prairie dogs at Badlands National Park. I scouted the good sized Roberts Prairie Dog Town and planned to shoot there.
However, I was in the visitors center one day, to ask a question, and overheard the ranger mention something about the prairie dogs to some other visitors. When it was my turn, I asked what she was mentioning about those interesting critters. She said the prairie dogs were in the midst of a plague epidemic that was sweeping through the park's colonies! Even though the ranger played down the danger, I decided "No Way" was I going near them.
Badlands National Park
South Dakota, USA
Part of the Roadside Oddities Series
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