A history of searches for black-footed ferrets

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Abstract

Studies of wild populations of black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes) in South Dakota in the 1960s, in Wyoming in the 1980s, and of captive-bred ferrets reintroduced to unoccupied habitat in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Montana in the 1990s contributed to our understanding of ferret behavior and improved techniques to find ferret populations. We chronicle the efforts of private, State, and Federal institutions that used these techniques to locate remaining populations of ferrets. During the 1980s, a renewed survey effort and solicitation of new sightings, coupled with a monetary reward program, failed to locate ferrets. We believe that the probability of finding ferrets from noncaptive stock is already small and diminishes with each passing year.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title A history of searches for black-footed ferrets
Year Published 2006
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 11 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title Recovery of the black-footed ferret: Progress and continuing challenges- Proceedings of the Symposium on the Status of the Black-footed Ferret and Its Habitat, Fort Collins, Colorado, January 28-29, 2004 (Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5293)
First page 47
Last page 57
Conference Title Symposium on the Status of the Black-footed Ferret and Its Habitat
Conference Location Fort Collins, CO
Conference Date January 28-29, 2004