Fact Sheet
Black-Footed Ferret

What Defenders is Doing to Help

Black-footed Ferret Recovery Team

As an official member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service black-footed ferret recovery team, Defenders is helping to reintroduce black-footed ferrets and protect them once reintroduced. Because of the critical importance of prairie dogs to black-footed ferrets, Defenders is working to restore prairie dogs to new sites and prevent the destruction of prairie dog colonies in existing black-footed ferret areas, such as Conata Basin, South Dakota—one of the most important locations.
 

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Prairie dogs are burrowing rodents that live in large colonies in the grasslands of central and western North America.
Defenders' staff get ready to release black-footed ferrets. From left: Russ Talmo, Kylie Paul, Charlotte Conley and Jonathan Proctor, Photo: Kylie Paul/DOW
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Defenders' team helps reintroduce endangered black-footed ferrets to tribal lands in the West.
Success Stories
October, 2013 - Along with our conservation partners, our Montana team helped release 32 black-footed-ferrets onto Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, restoring these endangered animals to their native habitat.