Dr. Steven Armus is a well-established presence in the Franksville community and guides Dermatology Consultants of Wisconsin. Passionate about protecting the environment, Dr. Steven Armus also pursues land conservation efforts as head of Prairie Restoration and has an extensive knowledge of the plants and animals that makeup the Midwestern landscape.
One of the most iconic native residents is the rabbit-size prairie dog, a type of rodent that inhabits open grasslands and prairies spanning the continent. With their habitat reduced to a fraction of what it once was, the rodents create tunnels and chambers spanning extensive warrens.
Sharing their abode with burrowing owls and snakes, prairie dogs post members of their group at entrances to track movements of potential predators, and feeding involves foraging for grasses and during the daylight hours. Unfortunately, their strategy is not failsafe: one predator that sometimes makes a home of their warrens is the black-footed ferret.
The black-tailed prairie dog, the most common of the species, creates large-sized communities known as towns, which can house hundreds of members. While most towns do not exceed a half mile square, National Geographic reports that one major Texas town spanned 25,000 square miles and was estimated to contain as many as 400 million of the species.