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

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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.

Yip-Yip-Hooray!

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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.

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.

Chasing eyeshine

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by Steve Forrest

Every fall on the prairie, black-footed ferret chasers take to the field to study these nocturnal creatures.

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Larry Haverfield, Wildlife Hero: 1936-2014

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by Jonathan Proctor

One of grassland conservation’s greatest unsung heroes, Larry Haverfield dedicated his life to protecting endangered species like the black-footed ferret.

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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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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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