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Private Stewardship Grant to Turner Endangered Species Fund Helps Recover Black-Footed Ferrets
Southwest Region, March 1, 2005
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The black-footed ferret is considered one of most imperiled mammals in North America. At the Annual Recovery Implementation Team Meeting, the Executive Committee identified methods to increase the fitness of captive-born ferret kits released into the wild and identified the need to evaluate the suitability of small prairie dog town acreages (<5,000 acres) to support ferret populations. The New Mexico Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program staff worked with the Turner Endangered Species Fund to submit a proposal for a Private Stewardship Grant in March 2005 to address the effectiveness of pre-conditioning young, captive-born ferret kits for release into larger habitats and the suitability of smaller prairie dog town acreages to support self-sustaining populations of black-footed ferrets. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is coordinating with the Private Stewardship Grant Program and working with the Turner Endangered Species Fund on the Vermejo Park Ranch in northern New Mexico to conduct the studies. Studies like these may help captive-born ferret kits have higher survival rates in the wild.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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