I know this post is kind of old, but I'm kind of new at this forum stuff. I can never pass up the opportunity to talk about prairie dogs. The are just the most adorable animals I've ever known.
My husband & I started relocating wild pds. from places where they were in danger of being eradicated, etc. to places where they are wanted, several years ago. It is the most rewarding thing we have ever done.
We have several for pets, & life would be so dull without them.
I don't know if they are legal in Florida or not, but I would think your city's animal control personel, or parks & wildlife dept. could tell you, or at least steer you in the right direction to find out.
I'm not encouraging you to do anything to break the laws or anything, but if you know anyone who does relocations you may be able to help volunteer, & get permission to rehab one if it is too young to be released.
If you don't know any, you could probably get a list of relocators from the FDA/CDC by mentioning the Freedom of Information Act.
The FDA has been very cooperative in granting every permit I have requested so far. I have asked them if nature organizations, & such could get permission to keep 1 or 2 for educational purposes. They said they would consider it. So if you have any intentions of doing show & tell at schools, or giving talks about them, etc. that may help with your request.
I have read & re-read the 34 page interim final rule from the FDA/CDC & have read nothing stating that a relocator, rehaber, or volunteer cannot keep a baby that has no mother to be released with ,but is too small to be on it's own. If anyone who reads this knows otherwise, please let me know.
If you do decide to get one, please do your homework first. Pds. need lots of attention. Even though they are old enough to be weaned by the time they are alowed above ground, I still recomend bottle feeding for a while, just for the bonding. I love it, & so do they. We have so many, it is hard to find enough time to spend with the ones we have, but we are always willing to adopt any that need a new home. Our two oldest were adopted as adults, & both adapted very well. This can be a problem with some of them though. Pds. generally bond with the people that get them early on, & it can be stressful for them to change homes & owners.
If you do wind up getting one, they need lots of attenion, & a good diet, so please don't hesitate to ask for advice.