Of course, prairie dogs are not the same animals as gophers... but aside from that, the comment I made is that there are options to blowing them away. There are many groups in Texas right now running all over the whole state rehoming entire prairie dog populations. The prairie dog numbers are dwindling fast, at what point are we blatantly contributing to the demise of yet another species? What will ranchers do when they're put on the protected species list? Which is happening more quickly than they'd really want to know. Besides, when you buy land, I guarantee you, the prairie dogs were there first. And something tells me not many fowl have their legs broken by prairie dog holes. All those gimped chickens out there...
Prairie dogs do make excellent pets, for those people who have the time and the inclination to work with them and give them what they need.
There is a fine line between a hobby and a mental illness.