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Underdogs: Prarie Dogs Under Attack

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A dog's life. Fetching balls and slippers? Napping? Not for these dogs of the prairie. Host Richard Conniff travels to parts known and unknown in the American West and traces the life and desperate times of prairie dogs as they're wiped out systematically by guns, poison, housing developments, and even a plague or two. Ranchers hate them and environmentalists are fighting to save them. In between the laughs and the horror, there lies the tale of the critter itself: a sociable animal and an absolutely crucial member of the food chain. Welcome to Dog Town, USA.