Black-footed ferret kits learn life skills prior to release into the wild (VIDEO) - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Black-footed ferret kits learn life skills prior to release into the wild (VIDEO)

(U.S. Department of the Interior, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — Black-footed ferrets were once thought to be extinct, but were rediscovered near Meteetse in 1981, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Efforts to rehabilitate the population include raising kits at the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center in Colorado.

“At the Center, they gain essential ferret skills — such as how to navigate burrow systems, hunt prairie dogs, and recognize the sights, sounds and smells of the short grass ecosystem,” the United States Department of the Interior said on Facebook on Friday, Nov. 8. “Research shows that spending time in these pens tremendously increases their survival when they are released.”

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“Since ferrets are curious and playful by nature– they seem to genuinely enjoy learning the skills it takes to live wild and free.”

The Department of the Interior shared a video of 60 day old black-footed ferret kits at the conservation center. The video was taken Becky Hutchens, NBFFCC Biological Technician: