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Black Footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes)
Transcript of Black Footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes)
Family: Mustelidae Mating occurs in the spring during a three day period. Litters of three to five kits are born in early summer after a six week gestation period. The average lifespan for a ferret is three to five years. The female nurses and cares for their babies and dont leave them till the fall making them R-selected. http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/blackfootedferret.htm
Their diet is mainly praire dogs. If they can't find them, then they eat other small mammals such as gophers and mice. Habitat
Live in Temperate grasslands
hardly any trees
live in prairie dog burrows. Distribution
there are 19 black footed ferret
reintroduction sites in U.s and Mexico. Black Footed Ferrets are carnivores. Coyotes foxes great horned
owls Black footed ferret Prairie Dogs Mice Gophers Seeds grasshopper Threats
decline of their main prey: Prairie dogs
predators such as bobcats, golden eagles, etc.
plagues such as: canine distemper and sylvatic plague
susceptible to many plagues and diseases. Solutions
Raise money for technidusters which kill fleas from protection sites for ferrets.
keep prairie dog population alive.