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BLACK-FOOTED FERRET

AMNH

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Black-footed ferrets are North America’s rarest mammals. Because they prey almost entirely on prairie dogs and live in their burrows, prairie dog declines nearly caused the ferret’s extinction. All black-footed ferrets today, including the reintroduced population here at Wind Cave, descended from seven wild ferrets bred in captivity. Although captive breeding has been a success, disease outbreaks in the wild hamper their recovery.

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  • Title: BLACK-FOOTED FERRET
  • Creator: AMNH
  • Location: Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History

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