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The Black-Footed ferret went extinct in the wild by the 1970's, when the last 18 were taken and bred in captivity. In 2008 they were reintroduced to 18 sites (one of them being the southwestern United States), but they remain classified as endangered.
A new threat is facing the successuful recovery of the Black-Footed ferret, a poison named Rozol that Clovis, New Mexico wants to use to poison praire dogs.
Praire dogs are the Black-Footed ferret's main prey, (around 90% of the Black-Footed ferrets diet is made up of prairie dogs), and the reason that ferrets went extinct the first time after their habitats were systematically poisoned by a government eradication programme. The lack for prey, and eating poisioned prey, placed the ferret on the path to extinction.
The endangered ferrets also depend on prairie dogs to build them shelters/ homes and underground tunnels called burrows (which the prairie dogs build for themselves, but then the ferrets come in and take over).
Tell New Mexico that the poison, Rozol, is a terrible idea where species are interdependant on each other and this could have adverse effects on the endangered and protected ferret. Poisons are a threat to non-target wildlife, and companion animals as well. Please cancel plans to poison praire dogs.
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