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Conata Basin, Buffalo Gap National Grassland, South Dakota..Black-footed ferret eye shine on prairie dog town at night. Their tell-tale emerald green eyeshine and unblinking stare are key signs that help spotlighting ferret researchers sift out ferrets from the many other species that are active at night on the prairie...Black-footed ferrets are considered the 11th most rare mammal in the world today. Believed extinct twice, in 1964 and then again in 1979, a small population was discovered in Wyoming, brought into captivity, and from that they have slowly struggled to survive with numbers reaching over 300 wild individuals. Conata Basin is considered the most successful reintroduction site so far, with a self-sustaining wild population, at least for the moment.
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2005 MICHAEL FORSBERG
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Conata Basin, Buffalo Gap National Grassland, South Dakota..Black-footed ferret eye shine on prairie dog town at night. Their tell-tale emerald green eyeshine and unblinking stare are key signs that help spotlighting ferret researchers sift out ferrets from the many other species that are active at night on the prairie...Black-footed ferrets are considered the 11th most rare mammal in the world today. Believed extinct twice, in 1964 and then again in 1979, a small population was discovered in Wyoming, brought into captivity, and from that they have slowly struggled to survive with numbers reaching over 300 wild individuals. Conata Basin is considered the most successful reintroduction site so far, with a self-sustaining wild population, at least for the moment.