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black-footed ferret

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Angela Toale

on 28 January 2013

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What's the Niche? Threats to the BFF Goal 18-24 inches The black footed ferret lives in the temperate grasslands and desert biome. It's specific habitat in these biomes is the prairie. The BFF lives underground in holes. This is why the desert dirt and lush grasslands make a comfortable fit for this species. Prairie dogs make up to 90% of the black footed ferrets diet. Prairie dogs are a common find in its habitat. BFFs are vicious predators (they suffocate their prey) that help contain the number of prarie dogs in its community. Population Black-Footed Ferrets Angela Toale and Rylee Elliston SLENDER FERRET Pollution deals with every living thing on the planet. Humans are the main source of pollution. Not necessarily saying that we breath out harsh fumes into our air. However, humans are the millions of people sitting behind the steering wheel of smog spewing cars. Humans are the ones spraying hairspray that is polluting our ozone layer. If we don't begin taking responsibility for our actions, the BFF wont be the only species gasping for clean air. More on the ferret.... 5-6 inch tail weighs 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 lbs. (males weigh slightly more) black paws MUSTELA NIGRIPES The black footed is an endangered animal species. It is a member of the mustelidae (weasel) family. This family also include otters, badgers, and wolverines. Its is a carnivorous and nocturnal ferret. The BFF (black footed ferret) originated from Europe. BFFs are not domesticated ferrets. They are wild animals that should not be messed with. 6 inches tall Imma eat you!!!!! This is the end my love... "The primary goal of the Arizona reintroduction effort is to establish a free-ranging, self-sustaining population of black-footed ferrets in the Aubrey Valley Experimental Population Area (AVEPA). Other goals include managing ferrets and their habitat in a manner that will not negatively impact the lifestyles and economy of local residents, and estblishing a second ferret reintroduction site in Arizona." Into the Wild "Find a zoo, museum or nature center that has a black-footed ferret or prairie dog exhibit. Click here to see if there is one in your area.

Educators: Check out our Kits & Kids section for fun projects!

Research other websites to learn more about black-footed ferrets and the prairie ecosystem they need to survive.

Reach out and share what you’ve learned about black-footed ferrets with your parents, children, friends, teachers and local community.

Engage others! Let folks know that your prairie ecosystem and black-footed ferrets are worth saving for future generations to enjoy.

Trave to a Wildlife Refuge, National Grassland or Park, State or City natural areas or other prairie habitat. Explore the great outdoors!" Intervention F.E.R.R.E.T. -The Black Footed Ferret Recovery Program Pollution SLENDER FERRET SLENDER FERRET SLENDER FERRET Parasitism Competition To no longer be an endagered species, the BFF must breed more. Unfortunately, this is a slow rate and parasites usually take the lives of many black footed ferrets. Parasites like: influenza, tularemia, sylvatic plague, and canine distemper. Sylvatic plague can be the most threatening because it kills large amounts of prarie dogs. BFFs that eat infected prarie dogs can also get the plague. The BFF has strong limiting factors and carrying capacity in its ecosystem. Competition for food has a tight grip on its main resource. Since there are dozens of predators who also eat prairie dogs, The BFF has more competition. With all of their food being spluit up, the BFF also must worry about prarie dogs being subject to large-scale poisoning. Prairie dogs are constantly killed because in many parts of the U.S. humans consider them pests. Baby black footed ferrets are called kits. The average litter size for a black footed ferret is 3-4 kits. Some litters may range from 1-7 kits. The FCC (Ferret Conservation Center) conducted a kit tally last year. In 2012 alone, 191 kits were born and 174 survived. In 1896 only 18 BFFs remained in the wild. The population has been up and down over the decades but is slowly on the road to recovery. Their population density is very spread out and thin. As of 2012, there are 1,000 wild BFFs and an additional 3000 in captivity. Black footed ferrets are in a very delicate situation at the time, and 100 years ago they were on the brink of extinction. More BFFs should be taken into safe breeding facilities to build up the population before releasing more into the wild. Another helpful building block would be to divvy up prairie dogs so they are not treated like pests, but are consumes by black footed ferrets. With these steps, the black footed ferret species is sure to be thriving once again. Symbiosis Black footed ferrets have commensalism and mutualism with prairie dogs. Prairie dogs make burrows underground to live in. Then, once they have left their burrow or died, BFFs take their burrow and alter it to meet its needs. This is mutualism. However in some cases, a prairied dog may make a burrow and the BFF will eat it. This is similar to commensalism. Thanks for watching...
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