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Old 04-15-2009, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default Saskatchewan seeks a different 'BFF': the black-footed ferret

Saskatchewan seeks a different 'BFF': the black-footed ferret
Last seen in 1937, the species is now recovering from near-extinction
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Saskatchewan seeks a different 'BFF': the black-footed ferret
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The last reliable sighting of the animal in Saskatchewan was recorded in 1937, according to Pat Fargey, a species at risk biologist at Grasslands National Park.

Although its range extended through the United States and into Mexico, by the 1970's it was believed the animal was extinct.
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"We believe that we now have a suitable home here for ferrets," Fargey told CBC News. He pointed out that the Grasslands National Park has a prairie dog population that would be a reliable source of food for the ferrets.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:24 AM   #2
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This sounds like a project that could be successful. First the larger grassland projects that helped increase prairie dog populations now a predator for the prairie dog. The community matures in complexity with each step.
We are learning and there is less opposition.
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I think The Nature Conservancy helped them restore at least some of the grasslands. Other grass roots organizations also helped. They deserve a big round of applause for managing the invasive species in the Saskatchewan grasslands. Because of this the black-footed ferret has a chance.
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