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Save Our Species: Black Footed Ferret

This slender animal depends mainly on prairie dogs for food and shelter. It lives in their underground tunnels and hunts them at night. When prairie dogs disappeared from the Great Plains, ferrets vanished too. In 1986, the 18 ferrets known to be alive were moved to a Wyoming research institute. Their numbers have increased, and recently a few were released into managed wildlife areas. image of a Black Footed Ferret

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