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Keystone Species

A keystone species is a plant or animal that plays a unique and crucial role in the way a particular ecosystem functions. Without keystone species, the ecosystem would be dramatically different or cease to exist altogether.  Prairie dogs, wolves, coyotes, and birds of prey are a few of the more well-known keystone species. The impact on ecosystems as a result of the loss of these species can be seen throughout the United States. 

            Our Keystone Species’ Work:

  • The Gray Wolf: Friends of Animals believes that the Gray wolf deserves a place on the endangered species list and is working against the government's plan to delist them. 

October 16, 2013- Friends of Animals will be co-sponsoring a Citizens' Wolf Hearning in Denver, Colorado where citizens can voice opposition against the FWS plan to remove Gray wolves from the endangered species list. 



  • barred owlThe Barred Owl: Friends of Animals is acting to protect the Barred Owl from a government plan to kill over 3,600 of them in the Pacific Northwest.   

September 30, 2013-- Friends of Animals filed suit against the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service challenging their plan to kill thousands of Barred Owls.





  • Coyotes: Friends of Animals offers several free tools to help your community adopt a people, coyote and environment-friendly coyote plan.  

Living with Coyotes -- An Integrated Approach







  • Prairie Dogs: Prairie dogs are some of the most intelligent and social animals on earth. Sadly, the are also one of a number of animal species subject to brutal and intentional human destruction.  

October 8, 2013- Friends of Animals submits comments against FWS prairie dog removal proposal. 

Friends of Animals Move to Protect Prairie Dog from Attack by Cedar City, Utah