Fish and Wildlife Service coordinates overall recovery efforts and operates the National Black-footed Ferret
Conservation Center in Colorado, where most captive ferrets are located.
State wildlife managers trapped as many as they could--18 animals--for another try at breeding the black-footed ferret
Prairie dogs are keystone species that endangered black-footed ferrets
depend on for survival.
Many species rely on the prairie dog, and the black-footed ferret
is one of them.
With the support of partners, the ESA has delivered some inspiring success stories, having saved species such as the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus), black-footed ferret
(Mustela nigripes), peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus anatum), and the bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)--the very symbol of our nation's strength--from extinction.
Some 20 endangered species live here, including the recently reintroduced black-footed ferret
On December 31, 1957, the last known live black-footed ferret
(Mustela nigripes) in the State of Kansas was seen near the town of Studley.
The black-footed Ferret
, native to the US, was moved from "extinct in the wild" to "endangered" after it was successfully introduced into seven US states and Mexico.
The endangered black-footed ferret
, another predator, hasn't yet been reintroduced because prairie dog colonies within the park are too small and far apart.
A distant relative of the common domestic ferret, the wild black-footed ferret
of North America is endangered, in large part because of the mass die-off of its main food source--prairie dogs--at the hands of poisoning, shootings and diseases (see "Open Season on Varmints," cover story, July/August 2004).
Within moments, a black-footed ferret
poked its head out, gazed across the seemingly endless prairie dog towns that dot the flat valley west of the Janos-Nuevo Casas Grandes region of northeastern Mexico, and suddenly dashed for the safety of a nearby burrow.
The mine has been cited for violations of the Clean Air and Water Acts, and a US Forest Service (USFS) Environmental Assessment determined that the mine has disturbed the habitat of 18 threatened, endangered or sensitive species -- including the Mexican spotted owl, the Bald eagle and Black-footed ferret