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Black Footed Ferret - (Biome: Grassland)

Human Impact on Endangered Species and their Biomes

Jordan Hiley

on 13 September 2013

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By: Jordan Hiley - 10th Grade
Human Impact on Endangered Species and their Biomes
Black Footed Ferret
As an intelligent species, our life is easy, but yet complex and complicated.
But a species that contains the most basic of knowledge; only used for survival, lives a hard life, but yet simple.
Humans or Selfish Creatures?
If animals had history books.
The Industrial Revolution was a new beginning to a new country, but an end to any biome that were in the way of the industrial creations. Humans deliberately forced these animals out of their habitats, and created a "new and improved" world right over their homes.
What a selfish act of ignorance
Luckily ignorance did not tackle the minds of Biologists, Ecologists, and animal lovers in the country; they all knew that once humans continue to build, certain species' populations will begin to drop, FAST! Resulting in a mind boggling consequence!
or even


- Tan with distinctive body markings: black face-mask, dark “saddle” on the back, and black feet.
- Wiesel-like bodies, with long torso and tail.
- color for camouflage, Short legs for digging, and powerful jaws to clamp on prey twice its size.
Body system
- similar to the human's body system.
Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Genus: Mustela
Species: Mustela Nigripes
Our Planet's Ecosystems
Tundra/Polar Ice
Tropical Rainforest
Temperate Deciduous Forest
Tundra Biome
The youngest biome
20% of earth surface is this biome
Average temperature is -70°F
Chaparral Biome
In every single continent
created when cool water merges with landmass that is at a high temperature.
Average temperature 30-40°F
Can get dry enough for fire to break out
this brought-like fire combo keeps the area from turning into a forest.
Average temperature are 70°F in summer and -40°F in winter
Taiga Biome
Very long and cold winters
Summer is short and cool
Average tempature are in summer 64-72°F and in winter -14
Desert Biome
Very hot and dry
found at the lower altitudes
Average temperatures 32°F at night and 113°F at day
Tropical Rainforest Biome
Very high humidity
Not a big change in seasons
Average temperature 80°F
Temperate Deciduous Forest Biome
In the polar front zones
Temperature can change from day to day
Average temperature 50°F
related to living

related to non-living
These ferrets live in the Grassland (Prairie) Biome.

Black Footed Ferret's Home
Main Characteristics
Abiotic factors: Temperature, Precipitation, Humidity, and Topography.
Species contained: African Elephant, Bison, Giraffe, Lion, Ostrich, etc. and of course the Black Footed Ferret.
Plants in Grassland: Milkweed, Big Bluestem Grass, Indian Grass, etc.
The ferrets are obviously located along the grassland, mostly in the United States.
For every one male ferret, there is two female ferrets in the ecosystem.
Luckily they have been able to restore about 1,000 ferrets back into North America.
Distribution of Ferrets
Highlighted areas is the Grassland Biome
Producer: is a plant that gets its energy through photosynthesis
Carnivore- Meat eaters
Herbivore- Plant eaters
Omnivore- meat and plant eaters
Decomposesrs- eats dead organisms
Producers: Plants
Herbivore: Grasshopper eating plant
Omnivore: Mice eating plants and animals "grasshopper"
Carnivore: Snake eating Mice
Decomposers: Maggots eating snake
Black Footed Ferret's role in an ecosystem
These Ferrets are carnivores, and feast on prairie dogs.
Their diet is the consumption of meat (prairie dogs).
Who would have known that humans can be so stupid?
The reason for the Black Footed Ferrets endangerment is that quite a few humans thought that shooting and killing these pesty prairie dogs would be a good way to past time. evidently we know exactly were that has gotten us. Eliminating the food source for the ferrets will obviously decrease the population of the ferrets drastically.
Prairie Dogs
Niche Drama
A Ferret's job is to feed off of theses prairie dogs, which are pesty and annoying creatures to few humans. they dig many holes and populate quickly resulting in more holes. there for the ferrets come in and eat the prairie dogs to keep the population at a more tameable level. but when you eliminate these prairie dogs, the ferrets will have nothing to eat and no brand new free holes to live and hide in. A ferret's job is never complete.
There's HOPE
Luckily organizations have came in and housed Black Footed Ferrets, they've provided: Food, Water, Shelter, etc.
They have began breeding the prairie dogs and Ferrets to keep this ecosystem alive.
They've release the animals back into it's habitats and even perform periodical check-ups over time.
Is it Working?
I Honestly do think its working! The citizens living in the area are now aware of the situation and are taking these animals into consideration.
Sadly yet consequentially they are banning all rights for ferrets to be pets. It's going to take more time and patience for this species habitat to be back in the normal groove!
Works Cited



The rarest mammal in North America.
Family of 4 Ferrets consumes and average of 763 prairie dogs a year.
Not the same Ferret sold in stores
What I've Learned
This project has helped me realize that humans can be extremely selfish sometimes when it comes to animals. But we would have to learn from our mistakes and give back to nature and care for the environment. Because doing something to make our lives easier, could easily wipe out an entire species!
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