I think one of my favorite things about New Mexico is the Prarie Dogs. My first encounter with these cute little furballs was during my first visit to ABQ, where I suddenly had to swerve across a lane of traffic on Tramway to avoid splattering a couple of (pups?) who we're obliviously darting back and forth along the side of the road. Since then, my only experience with Prarie Dogs are the ones they have in the Corale up at the Santa Fe Jackalope... Until now.
Since the construction hell on I-40 started, I have had to find new ways to get myself to work in a timely manner. One of the new detours introduced into my daily routine is getting off at the San Mateo North exit, rather than sit in the parking lot of traffic to eek up to the Louisiana ext. Imagine my surprise as I was rounding the off ramp to see the whole slope of ground pocked with holes and Prarie Dogs running amuck everywhere! I almost drove right off the ramp trying to get my cell phone unsuccessfully out of my pocket to take a picture. Since then, i look forward to my daily commute so I can spend a few seconds watching the little critters scampering around as I make way round the off ramp. Im sure it's only a matter of time before I start seeing squished ones in the road, but im wondering... Is it possible to have a piece of land like that designated a reserve or breeding space to protect them?
None the less, if your looking for a morning dose of cute, try heading up to the San Mateo North ext. around 7:30am. It makes my day.