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Bayou Bill
08-31-2008, 02:57 AM
Somebody warn Shadow Ferret, organize relief efforts, crank up a charity rock concert, and in general run around shouting, wringing hands, and viewing with alarm.

Bayou Bill :cool:

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Endangered Ferrets!

INTERIOR, S.D. - On the grasslands a few miles from the pinnacles and spires of Badlands National Park, federal wildlife officials have been waging a war since spring to save one of the nation's largest colonies of endangered black-footed ferret.

The deadly disease sylvatic plague was discovered in May in a huge prairie dog town in the Conata Basin. The black-tailed prairie dog is the main prey of ferrets, and the disease quickly killed up to a third of the area's 290 ferrets along with prairie dogs.

The disease stopped spreading with the arrival of summer's hot, dry weather, but it poses a serious threat to efforts to establish stable populations of one of the nation's rarest mammals, said Scott Larson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Pierre.

The plague, which is carried by fleas, is the biggest danger to ferrets' survival in the Conata Basin and other sites that still have ferrets, said Larson, who is coordinating ferret conservation efforts among five federal agencies.

"It has the capacity to take out more ferret habitat than anything we've run up against, and do it in such a short order," Larson said. "For ferrets, it's the most challenging issue we face."

Link to the complete article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080830/ap_on_re_us/ferret_plague

Ol' Fashioned Girl
08-31-2008, 03:13 AM
Oh, dear!

I do hope it's not already too late.

Yeshanu
08-31-2008, 03:16 AM
After dark, another crew moved into the area during part of the summer to shine spotlights across the grasslands, trap ferrets and vaccinate them against the plague.

Has SF been vaccinated yet, though?

Seriously, this is bad news. :( Black-footed ferrets are already nearly extinct. I hope they can figure out what to do in time.

regdog
08-31-2008, 03:18 AM
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l117/regdog/35a1025b.png

Matera the Mad
08-31-2008, 05:10 AM
It doesn't say that black-hearted ferritz are endangered :D

BenPanced
08-31-2008, 06:31 AM
Why hasn't Cassie Edwards been notified of this tragedy?!

escritora
08-31-2008, 07:31 AM
Why hasn't Cassie Edwards been notified of this tragedy?!


Great post. Love it.