Black-Footed Ferret

Black-footed ferrets eat, sleep and raise their young in prairie dog burrows, and spend about 90% of their time underground.

Banishing Plague from the Prairie

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Vaccinating prairie dogs may be the key to saving rare black-footed ferrets

By Sharon Oosthoek

© Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski

Prairie Species Safer From Poisons

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issues new conservation measures to protect imperiled prairie wildlife from poisoning with Rozol prairie dog bait.


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Defenders prairie dog expert Jonathan Proctor gets an award from the U.S. Forest Service for his outstanding work to save the species across the Great Plains.

Extinction Rider Defeated with Strong Bipartisan Support

Congress votes to protect endangered wildlife over special interests

On July 27, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 224-202 to strip a provision from the Interior funding bill that would have prevented any new species from being added to the endangered species list.

Wild Birds Gain Protections from Poisoning by Deadly Pesticide

Supreme Court denies Big Agriculture’s attempt to overturn EPA decision on carbofuran

In May 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case challenging a 2009 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which mandated that as of December 31, 2009 no domestically grown food crop could be grown with carbofuran, a highly toxic chemical that has killed millions of wild birds.

In the Field: (Prairie) Dog Days Of Summer

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Defenders team makes the trek to Thunder Basin to relocate prairie dogs for second year in a row.

Gaining Ground

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by Steve Forrest

Restoring prairie dogs to Thunder Basin National Grassland is helping to lay the groundwork for bringing back other endangered species.

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Black-footed Ferrets in the Centennial State

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Black Footed Ferret, Photo: U.S. Geological Survey
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by Steve Forrest

Progress for the endangered black-footed ferret has been slow, with several setbacks along the way. But in the Centennial State, biologists, agency officials, landowners and nonprofits like Defenders are working together to forge a future for these imperiled animals.

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