Species at Risk
What is the status of the Black-footed Ferret?
In 1978, COSEWIC
designated the Black-footed Ferret as a species extirpated
In 2003, the Species
at Risk Act was enacted in Canada. Under this law, a national recovery
strategy for the Black-footed Ferret must be put in place by June 2007.
Why is the Black-footed Ferret in danger?
The main causes for the extirpation of the Black-footed Ferret from Canada
The Black-tailed Prairie Dog is the only known
food of the Black-footed Ferret.
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- Decline in prairie dog populations (due to habitat loss and efforts to
eradicate the species, which is considered a pest)
- Fur trapping (particularly in the early 20th century)
- Poisoning by pesticides intended for prairie dogs
- New diseases brought over from Europe