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Featured Species | Black-Footed Ferret (05:41)

Host: Sarah Leon with Pete Gober

Black-Footed Ferret (click to view larger)
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Photo credit: Ryan Hagerty, USFWS


Status: Endangered/ Listed on March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Mustela nigripes
Description: The black-footed ferret was considered extinct or nearly extinct when a small population was located in Mellette County, South Dakota in 1964. Still, the black-footed ferret remains one of the most endangered mammals in North America.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011