What Are The Threats, Habitat Loss Of The Black Footed Ferret?

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Register to read the introduction… On average in the wild they live up to 3-4 years, they live a lot longer on average when they are captive. For some reason they live for almost a full decade inside. They don’t have a lot of babies when they are pregnant for 40 some days. Mating season is usually in between March and April, on average they have 3 – 4 babies which are also known to be kits, and some ferrets will have up to 7 kits! Kids grow up so fast don’t they, well these kits do they stay below ground for 2 months blind and helpless. After 2 months the kits are like warriors and start hunting at such a young age, they are also separated from their mother and are in different burrows. When the kits are around 6 or 7 months old they are very independent and will disperse to their own territories. As you can tell the black footed ferret has a very short life …show more content…
Black footed ferrets are unfortunately able to get the Sylvatic Plague, it’s known as the “Black Death”. It is caused by a bacteria call Yersinia Pestis. Both Prairie dogs and Black footed ferrets are able to get this disease. This bacteria spreads through the prairie dog colonies through infected fleas, they cause 100% morality to the black footed ferrets and close to 100% for prairie dogs. The black footed ferret can get this plague by fleas, or by eating dead prairie dogs that have been infected and died with it in there system. Through this encounter of this disease, the US Army and the US Geological Survey had concocted a vaccine that has been proven to be effective at preventing this disease. They inject this vaccine into the burrows, approximately 3 week later it provides a lifelong immunity towards the plague. Captive ferrets are injected before they are released into the wild, and efforts have been made to inject the wild ferrets, but it is intense and very time consuming to attempt

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