A sign for Prairie Dog Town, which is located near Oakley, Kansas.
Larry Haverfield on his ranch outside of Russell Springs, Kansas. Haverfield appreciates prairie dogs, recognizing that they help support other wildlife, such as the endangered black-footed ferret.
A black-tailed prairie dog peers up from its burrow at Prairie Dog Town, near Oakley, Kansas.
Kansas State University faculty and students, Fish and Wildlife Service employees, and volunteers prepare to locate and capture black-footed ferrets on the Haverfield ranch.
A ferret being vaccinated and tagged by a biologist at the Haverfield ranch in Kansas.
Ron Klataske of Audubon of Kansas helped get local ranchers involved in ferret recovery.
Prairie Dog Town, a tourist stop featuring the "world's largest prairie dog"--a 20-foot cement statue--ironically is located close to where officials are trying to eradicate the wild version.
Rancher Larry Haverfield and his wife, Bette, have been been fighting against the use of a chemical on their ranch that kills prairie dogs.