At the intersection of our road and the Highway...I saw it fly and perch on a branch just off the road..we drove back to the house and got the camera and luckily it waited for us to return and take it's picture.
Utah prairie dogs are listed as threatened. Most colonies are sparse, fragmented, and outside well-protected lands. Bryce Canyon National Park houses one of a few substantial populations, and observed predations suggest that the colony plays an important role in the ecosystem of the area. Introduced plague has been a source of mortality in many populations, but dusting burrows with flea killing powder has proved to be an effective way of hindering the disease.