Invasive Wild Hog
Purpose or Accident? These Wild Hogs originally come from Africa and were meant to be farm pigs. It is likely that some escaped their farms and began to breed quickly once in the wild. Their grazing has made many plants closer to extinction and they can be aggressive to other animals and humans.
Endangered Black Footed Ferret
The Black Footed Ferret of the Northern Great Plains of the United States is the only ferret species native to North America. They are endangered due to habitat loss (H in HIPPCO) and the introduction of nonnative diseases (Invasive (nonnative) species in HIPPCO). They are losing their habitat as they depend on the decreasing population of prairie dogs for their homes as they live in prairie dog burrows.
The rattlesnake has evolved a tail that can rattle, allowing it to scare away intruders. It also has an extremely sensitive sense of smell and can sense faint vibrations caused by its prey. Its teeth prevent prey from escaping as well.
Prairie dogs have adapted to need very little water, allowing them to be hydrated by their plant diet. They also have strong hind legs, allowing them to stand upright and stand guard looking out for dangers. They also dig their burrows to prevent flooding and even have air pockets in the event of water coming in.
This owl has adapted in order to live in burrows that are no longer being used, as well as being able to dig their own, allowing it to have home without having to find a tree, which are not very common for most of the Great Plains. It also hunts during the day, catching insects, as well as at night, catching more mammals.
This plant has adapted the ability to prevent transpiration with a thick waxy skin. They also can store water in their thick roots.
Prickly Pear Cactus
This cactus has adapted the ability to store water for extended periods of time. It also have evolved spikes that protect the plants from being ate by animals.
This grass has adapted to the Great Plains by becoming drought resistant. During dry seasons, it goes brown and stops growing. It is a perennial shortgrass that grows in the warm-season. It is considered a very hardy plant and has adapted the ability to be heat and cold resistant as well.