Saving endangered black-footed ferrets shows the reality of nature’s circle of life.
At a USFWS in Colorado, endangered ferrets are being saved from extinction. After almost completely disappearing from the wild, black-footed ferrets are now successfully being raised in captivity and reintroduced into the wild.
A major factor of whether these ferrets make it in the wild or not is preconditioning. In order to make sure the ferrets in captivity are not domesticated, biologists must precondition them to hunt. Although it’s not always easy on the humans or the ferrets, it is an integral step in making sure the black-footed ferret survives and thrives out on the Great Plains.
Ferrets are a vital and often overlooked part of our ecosystem. Thanks to the hard work of the wildlife biologists the black-footed ferrets will continue to be a healthy part of the circle of life out West.