Please join Horicon Marsh Bird Club president, Jeff Bahls as he tells us about his trips to Buffalo Gap National grasslands to survey for Black-footed Ferrets and the birds that he encountered during those surveys.
The black‐footed ferret was listed as endangered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in 1967. Declared extinct in 1979, a residual wild population was discovered in Meeteetse, Wyoming, in 1981. This cohort eventually grew to 130 individuals and was then nearly extirpated by sylvatic plague and canine distemper virus with eventually 18 animals remaining. These survivors were captured from 1985 to 1987 to serve as the foundation for the black‐footed ferret breeding program.