Arizona Working Hard to Re-establish Black-Footed Ferret

Black-Footed FerretThe Havasu News-Herald has a March 11 news piece that indicates Arizona’s Game and Fish Department is working hard to and making some progress toward re-establishing the black-footed ferret in the state. Take a look . . .

Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteers to travel to Aubrey Valley, which is west of Seligman, Ariz., for two Black-footed Ferret Recovery Project spotlightings scheduled for March 28-30 and April 25-27. Sign up deadline is March 22, and April 19, respectively.

This year, organizers are experimenting with a new method by conducting two shorter spotlighting efforts instead of one with five consecutive nights of observation. Individuals can volunteer for just one evening or multiple nights.

The species is elusive, nocturnal and endangered. Twice thought to be extinct, a small population of black-footed ferrets was discovered in 1981. A mere 18 were left when captive breeding efforts began in 1985. In 1996, Arizona’s Aubrey Valley was selected as a reintroduction site. The project was funded through Arizona Heritage Funds and matched with federal dollars.

Read the entire article here . . .

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Black-Footed Ferret News – What’s Happening with Your Pet Ferret’s Wild Cousin

Owing chiefly to the efforts of the National Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Program, this wild relative of your pet ferret is making a healthy come-back, with about 1,000 in the wild now. It seems, though, there is still work to be done in North Dakota . . .

The black-footed ferret, which had been thought twice extinct and has been on the endangered species list since 1967, is making a comeback.

The resurgence of black-footed ferrets is due in large part to the National Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Program, a multi-partner project lead by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But plans to bring the ferrets back to North Dakota aren’t concrete.

“We don’t have any firm plans to reintroduce black-footed ferrets,” said Jeff Towner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service North Dakota field supervisor. “Our long-term desires would be to, at some point, reintroduce black-footed ferrets to North Dakota, because it’s part of their historic range.

“The Fish and Wildlife Service is interested in starting up as many new colonies as we can.”

Since the recovery program started in 1981, the black-footed ferrets have grown in number from 18 to about 1,000 ferrets in the wild . . .

Read the entire September 13 article titled “Ferrets’ return on hold” by Royal McGregor here.

More on Black-Footed Ferrets

The other day I was asked again about having a black-footed ferret as a pet and what would happen if that person had a black-footed ferret as a pet.

As I wrote in a previous post, black-footed ferrets are a distant cousin to our domesticated little fuzzies. Black-footed ferrets are native to North America and are on the Endangered Species List.

It is illegal to have a black-footed ferret as a pet here in the United States, as well as in Canada and in Mexico. As with all animals on the Endangered Species List, they are highly protected by the government.

So if you were sold a black-footed ferret or given one as a gift, be aware that it was done illegally.

If you would like to learn more about the black-footed ferret, go to www.blackfootedferret.org.

You will also learn how hard it would be to get a black-footed ferret.

To learn more about legal pet ferrets and their care, you can go here.