September 7, 1804
As seamen and I were out and about roming the fields we saw hundreds of rats. So we wanted to catch one to send back to the president. We tried to catch the rats but they were just to fast so we went back to camp to gather some more men to help us. On of the men told us that those weren't rats and that they were Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs. We tried for several hours diging and chacing these animals. Finally one of my men said that mabye if we filled the holes with water that we would make them come out and he was right. So we caught one with slim, sparsely haired tail with a black tip wich was unique among prairie dogs.