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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...