Rita Blanca National Grasslands


Prairie dogs are a keystone species on the high plains.  That means others rely on them for food and shelter.  The Amarillo Globe-News reported a study is being conducted to keep them healthy by vaccinating them for the bubonic plague.  

Black-footed ferrets may be returning to the Texas Panhandle.  Kevin Welch reported in  a recent article, found in the Amarillo Globe News, that public comments will be accepted this week by state and federal agencies.  The proposed plan is to reintroduce ferrets to the High Lonesome area of the Rita Blanca National Grasslands in northwest Dallam County.  High Lonesome is the largest contiguous piece of land in the grasslands.