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Old 07-15-2016, 12:23 PM   #1
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Most news out of Fish and Wildlife news is depressing. This isn't; it's encouraging. While out in the Dakotas in 2010, I saw many prarie dogs but absolutely no ferrets, their main predator. They're in and have been in serious trouble.
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Old 07-15-2016, 04:49 PM   #2
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That is really good news. There have been several releases of raised black-footed ferrets that are thriving in the wild so if the vaccine can be administered to enough prairie dogs to break the virus spreading we can look for healthy future generations.

Is this something conservationists will always have to do? Is there a population threshold where ferrets and prairie dogs can naturally survive this virus and in this current situation will they ever be able to reach that density of population again?
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Old 07-16-2016, 12:25 PM   #3
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that is really good news. There have been several releases of raised black-footed ferrets that are thriving in the wild so if the vaccine can be administered to enough prairie dogs to break the virus spreading we can look for healthy future generations.

Is this something conservationists will always have to do? Is there a population threshold where ferrets and prairie dogs can naturally survive this virus and in this current situation will they ever be able to reach that density of population again?
i thinnk that the answer to both questions lies in the future of cattle grazing. Have you watched the documentary called "cowspiracy?" if not, you will want to...

Cattle ranchers kill prairie dogs on site, and they are the major if not only prey of the black footed ferret. There are protected areas for the prairie dogs, but, as i wrote in my initial post, in my search for the prairie dogs, which was somewhat productive, i never saw or even talked to anyone who saw a black footed ferret, and that was in the summer of 2010! So i think the ferret's future depends upon both addressing the virus and better protection of the prairie dog, which, unless people begin to eat less or eliminate the eating of beef, will not occur.

The old west has been lost to cattle grazing, and that means prairies and the animals that frequent them... Sad prognosis - all based upon beef consumption.
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Such amazing animals. We cannot let them be lost forever.
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