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Prairie Dog Feeding

Grasses are the preferred food of the prairie dog, and generally makes up about three quarters of its diet. In the fall, broadleaf forbs become more important as green grass is less available. In winter, any available green vegetation is consumed. In the spring and summer, each prairie dog consumes up to two pounds of vegetation per week. The prairie dog eats a simple vegetarian diet of fresh hay, grasses, fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts, and fresh water. The prairie dog is also not what anyone would call a fussy eater.