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Jack H. Berryman Institute for Wildlife Damage Management, Utah State University Extension, Utah State University, Logan, UT.

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The Utah prairie dog (Cynomys parvidens) is a federally listed species that occurs only in southwestern Utah. The Awapa Plateau in south-central Utah is one of three Utah prairie dog recovery areas. The prairie dog population in this area is below recovery goals established in 1991 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). In 2002, the USFWS approved three Utah prairie dog mitigation banks on the Awapa Plateau. Little information exists regarding how these mitigation banks should be managed to optimize benefits for the species. Past research has suggested that management actions to reduce shrub canopy cover results in increased grass and forb cover and may benefit Utah prairie dogs