IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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"The Prairie Shrew is small, weighing only 2-5 g, brown, and relatively short-tailed. This species inhabits the northern Great Plains in Canada and the United States. In some places, such as the Black Hills of South Dakota, it is locally abundant. It makes runways under leaf litter in grasslands, some wet areas, and some drier, rocky pine forests, and the nests it constructs resemble birds' nests. Female Prairie Shrews do not become pregnant until the year after their birth, but they are known to produce as many as three litters in one year. Only recently have scientists concluded that Prairie Shrews and Cinereus Shrews are two separate species."

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