The March 2017 issue incorrectly identified the animal on its cover. The rodent pictured is a Wyoming ground squirrel, not a black-tailed prairie dog. Although similar in appearance, Wyoming ground squirrels (Urocitellus elegans) and black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) have distinct features that can help identify these animals in the field.

Wyoming ground squirrels are smaller in size (approximately 10–15 oz.), with longer tails and more prominent ears than black-tailed prairie dogs. Another helpful characteristic is the animal's coat. Although mostly gray, Wyoming ground squirrels have reddish accents above their nose and on their limbs.

A black-tailed prairie dog's coat is more uniformly colored, aside from its namesake: the black...

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