The Black Footed Ferret

Posted in Uncategorized on October 17th, 2017 by alfredou

The black footed ferret is a animal which is in the endangered species list, it’s the number one mammal in the united states to be endangered of extinction. The black footed ferret is seen more in the northern great plains which is located from southern Canada to northern Mexico and it’s there here because there main food source are dog prairies. The black footed ferret has a tan fur with black on its paws, eyes, and the tip of its tail, it often lives in the grassland and in the homes of the dog prairies they ate. The scientific name for this animal is Mustela Nigripes, the black footed ferret has 2 other cousins in its specie, this animal weights about 1.5 to 2.5 pounds and can go from 18 to 24 inches of length. The male ferrets are slightly bigger than the females, the black footed ferret is also nocturnal which means that it’s in their homes all day until the night that they go out and hunt for themselves or their newborns.

There are only 370 left in the wild but its increasing with time, one of the main reasons they were going extinct was there food source, there diet consists in eating mice, ground squirrels and dog prairies. Dog prairies is 90% of the food of the black footed ferrets and they were token away in conservation, for this reason the black footed ferrets couldn’t have food or shelter because they also depend on dog prairies for shelter which is also a reason why there population decreased. Another reason why they were decreasing were diseases like human influenza, distemper virus, tularemia and there were also exposed to having rabies. The black footed ferret is exposed to get the same sicknesses as humans but can’t get deadly diseases because of their life span which is 2 to 3 years in the wild and 4 to 6 in captivity.

The reason we should care to protect the black footed ferrets is because how I said before they live in grasslands and therefore they help the grass be healthy. The black footed ferret also helps the grass to be fertilized also by keeping other animals from coming in their territory and destroying their homes. If these animals die off other animals that are omnivores will eat off all the grass and also if there big animal’s carnivores will come to the grasslands invading to eat the new big omnivores. All of this has a consequence and can affect the food chain in that area drastically, a organization named World Wild Life is helping to restore the population of the ferrets by taking some of the wild ferrets in captivity, breading them and taking the newborn of 3 months of age to the wild. This strategies is working so far because when they started there were only 100 in the wild but now there are 370 wild ferrets in the wild, this population will keep increasing with time and hopefully they will be out of the endangered list. You can help this organization by donating for they can keep helping endangered animals to restore to  a good population size, if you don’t like the black footed ferret you can also look for another animal you like to donate and help just click here https://personalize.bankofamerica.com/wwf/

The black footed ferret was once thought to be extinct in 1979 because the dog prairies were token away and the sylvatic plague. In 1981 A dog took a dead ferret at the front of his house in Meeteetse, Wyoming. It was soon reported and the WWF came in and took all of the ferrets into captivity launching a captive breeding program to restore the population of the ferrets. There are now 1000 mature ferrets and increasing, the wild ferrets that are in the wild have already covered 3 states which are South Dakota, Arizona and Wyoming. The black footed ferret has been pronounced endangered in 1982, pronounced extinct or extinct in the wild in 1982, then back to the endangered list in 2008.