Endangered Species
Mountain-Prairie Region
BLACK-FOOTED FERRET

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On April 22, 2013, the Service announced the availability of the Black-footed Ferret Draft Recovery Plan for comment by the public and Federal, State, Tribal, and local agencies.  This plan supports the continued conservation of the species.

On January 23, 2013, the Service is reopening the public comment period for the draft Black-footed Ferret Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement for another 30 days.  The second public comment period will be January 23 through February 22.  If you have submitted comments already, you do not need to resubmit them because the Service will consider all comments submitted during both periods.  The Service is also accepting any comments submitted between the two periods. You can view the Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement at the link below.

On December 17, 2012, the Service announced the availability of the Draft Black-footed Ferret Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) and Environmental Assessment (Draft SHA/EA) for comment by the public and Federal, State, Tribal, and local agencies.  The SHA is part of a larger new multi-agency partnership to expand black-footed ferret recovery efforts.  These documents can be viewed at www.blackfootedferret.org or below.

In May 2010, the Service announced it has denied a petition, filed pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, to reclassify three black-footed ferret populations under the Endangered Species Act .

In December 2008, the Service reintroduced black-footed ferrets to Logan County, Kansas.  The primary objections of the proposed action are to experiment with reintroduction of ferrets into much smaller prairie dog colonies than has traditionally been attempted; and to attempt to establish a self-sustaining population outside the known active occurrence of sylvatic plaque.

On July 2005, the Service initiated a 5-year review for black-footed ferrets and pallid sturgeon. 

In September 2002, the Service proposed to reintroduce black-footed ferrets, to Tribal Trust lands in South Dakota, under a reintroduction effort being considered by the Service in partnership with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Forest Service.

In October 2001, more than two dozen endangered black-footed ferrets from Arizona, Wyoming, and Ontario, Canada, made wildlife conservation history by being the first of their species to return to Mexico.

In November 2001, more than three dozen black-footed ferrets were be released along the Wolf Creek and Coyote Basin areas in northwest Colorado.  The effort will mark the ninth wild release of the species since recovery operations began in the mid-1980s. It is the first release of black-footed ferrets in Colorado.

Last updated: January 7, 2014