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Endangered American animals : Black-footed ferret

Animal

The black-footed ferret has a body length of 38 to 41 cm, a tail length of 11 to 13 cm, and a weight of 0.9 to 1 kg. The area around the eyes is black as I made with bruises. It is an endangered species that lives in the United States. A rare creature that was once thought to be extinct. However, research teams such as the US Geological Survey are developing a strategy to save the black-footed ferret. The number has decreased significantly in recent years, and it is said that it is almost extinct.

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Habitat

It lives in the northern prairie environment of the United States. It was once said to be extinct, but the latest information indicates that the species is now confirmed to be living there. Individuals are now being bred in zoos, and you can also take videos and photos of them. The scientific name is Mustela nigripes. It is a relatively common animal and is explained in detail in books.

Ecology

Black-footed ferret is active alone. Females give birth to 1 to 6 offspring in May or June and raise them alone. Children will be independent by autumn. It has an elongated body peculiar to weasels and can enter and exit the burrows of prairie dogs, which are the main food. The staple food is prairie dogs. With a strong appetite, he goes into the prairie dog’s nest and hunts, using the place where the Lord is gone as his own habitat.

Characteristic

The area around the eyes is black as I made with bruises. Also, the front legs, back legs, and the tip of the tail are dyed black, so it is called a black-footed ferret.

Endangered species

It was said that in the 20th century, the number of prairie dogs dropped sharply and disappeared from their habitat and became extinct. Farmers and dairy farmers have eradicated a large number of prairie dogs, saying that underground burrows have a negative impact on fields and pastures. In 1987, 18 wild animals were captured and started artificial breeding. Since then, the black-footed ferret has been reintroduced to the western land, which is suitable for their habitat. However, even though they have returned to the wild, they lack survival ability, and the mortality rate is high, which is a problem. You will also face the threat of predators such as golden eagles, owls and coyotes.

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