The Prairie Dog Hunter The black-footed ferret is a species of mustelid, the only native ferret to North America. Black-footed ferrets. In 1986, only 18 remained. There are now more than 1,000 mature, wild-born individuals in the wild across 18 populations, with four self-sustaining populations in South Dakota, Arizona, and Wyoming. Image: Black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), fibroblast cells infected with canine distemper virus.
BLACK FOOTED FERRET....aka the American polecat or prairie dog hunter....a native to central North America....measures 19.7–26 inches long....once extinct in the wild....a captive breeding program has resulted in reintroduction into eight western states and Mexico from 1991 to 2008....now over 1,000 mature, wild-born animals exist
A passel of Prairie Dog pups popped up this spring at Germany’s NaturZoo Rheine. Seven playful and social babies make the colony busy and active all day long. Photo Credit: Eva Bruns/NaturZoo Rheine The seven pups are from three different.