Black-footed Ferrets Find a New Home
Montana: Black-footed ferrets
are among the most endangered animals in North America. Fewer
than 1,000 live in the wild. The Northern Cheyenne Tribe is helping
bring the ferrets back from the brink.
The Northern Cheyenne began reintroducing black-footed ferrets in 2008. This was the third group of kits set free near a prairie dog town. Ferrets feed on prairie dogs and live in prairie dog burrows. The decline of prairie dogs is one reason the ferrets have become endangered.
As part of the release efforts, Tribal authorities have outlawed all prairie dog shootings and poisonings on 10,000
acres of land. Defenders of Wildlife has donated $10,000 to assist with
It seemed to work, and now black-footed ferret restoration
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