Until then, the area was considered a prime black-footed ferret
But, where does the black-footed ferret
recovery program really stand today?
Behavioral development of black-footed ferret
young has been described elsewhere (Vargas, 1994).
In 1979 , the black-footed ferret
was feared to be extinct.
A ten thousand acre prairie dog town is required to sustain a viable black-footed ferret
South Dakota is regarded is a premier location for reintroduction because its prairie dog colonies remain free of the sylvatic and bubonic plagues, which in other states have killed prairie dogs and other animals, including black-footed ferrets
The total wild ferret population, which includes several generations of young born in the wild, now numbers about 90, says Pete Gober, the black-footed ferret
recovery coordinator for the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Other creatures that live in the burrows--taking them over or moving into abandoned chambers--include burrowing owls, barred tiger salamanders and critically endangered black-footed ferrets
In fact, until 1981 when a small black-footed ferret
population was discovered in Meeteestse, Wyoming, they were thought to be extinct.
In September of 2002, biologists from the University of Mexico (UNAM) were unexpectedly treated to a thrilling sight: the discovery of the first wild-born black-footed ferret
(Mustela nigripes) kit in Mexico.
They are food for a host of predators such as the black-footed ferret
and swift fox, and their abandoned burrows are used by other grassland creatures, from burrowing owls to rattlesnakes.
This reduction could have positive impacts on conservation of the threatened Utah prairie dog and survival of the endangered black-footed ferret
, a prairie dog-dependent species.