Magazine July 29, 2019, Issue

Why Shoot Prairie Dogs?

A coyote eating a prairie dog in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, N.D. (Don Johnston/Getty Images)
I went to the Dakotas to see for myself

Somewhere in North Dakota or South Dakota

It is possible to grasp just how enormous a country the United States is with the use of an atlas. And yet, without traveling across it outside of an airplane, one is hard pressed to translate that understanding into anything concrete. I am reminded often of an English friend of mine who, upon discovering that I would be spending the summer in Washington, D.C., said, casually, “I’ll be in America, too. My first time! We must get dinner.” I later learned that he was set to work in Los Angeles. He never called.

Attempts to

This article appears as “Consider the Varmint” in the July 29, 2019, print edition of National Review.

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners




After Harvey Mansfield’s disinvitation from Concordia University, a professor writes in to NR to clarify. Plus, Fred Schwartz on baseball.
The Week

The Week

The Canadian newspaper the National Post reports, ‘Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost.’ Good news for Joe Biden.

Girth Dearth

According to the Left, it is bad to stigmatize the mentally ill, but unless you have the proper opinions on social issues, you have a mental illness.


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