A technique for evaluating black-footed ferret habitat

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In this paper, we provide a model and step-by-step procedures for rating a prairie dog (Cynomys sp.) complex for the reintroduction of black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes). An important factor in the model is an estimate of the number of black-footed ferret families a prairie dog complex can support for a year; thus, the procedures prescribe how to estimate the size of a prairie dog complex and the density of prairie dogs. Other attributes of the model are qualitative: arrangement of colonies, potential for plague and canine distemper, potential for prairie dog expansion, abundance of predators, future resource conflicts and ownership stability, and public and landowner attitudes about prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets. Because of the qualitative attributes in the model, a team approach is recommended for ranking complexes of prairie dogs for black-footed ferret reintroduction.
Publication type Book
Publication Subtype Conference publication
Title A technique for evaluating black-footed ferret habitat
Year Published 1993
Language English
Publisher U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Description 16 p.
Larger Work Title Proceedings of the symposium on the management of prairie dog complexes for the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret
Conference Title Symposium on the Management of Prairie Dog Complexes for the Reintroduction of the Black-footed Ferret
Conference Location Washington, D.C.
Conference Date 1993-07-01T00:00:00
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