Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Black-footed ferret emerging from its burrow in Coyote Basin; Utah County. Photo courtesy:

These nocturnal creatures spend about 90% of their time underground, making them difficult to observe and study. Researchers have used sniffer dogs to help detect them. Predators for this species include badgers, foxes and coyotes.

The black-footed ferret was designated as "extirpated", meaning it no longer existed in the wild in Canada; but, still existed in the wild in other countries in 1978.

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