Black-Footed ferret (Mustela nigripes)
Listing Status: and
The black-footed ferret is 18 to 24 inches long, including a 5 to 6 inch tail. It weighs only one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half pounds, with males slightly larger than females. The black-footed ferret is well adapted to its prairie environment. Its color and markings blend so well with grassland soils and plants, that it is hard to detect until it moves. It is a slender, wiry animal with a black face mask, black feet, and a black-tipped tail. The rest of its short, sleek fur is a yellow-buff color, lighter on the belly and nearly white on the forehead, muzzle, and throat. It has short legs with large front paws and claws developed for digging. The ferret's large ears and eyes suggest it has acute hearing and sight, but smell is probably its most important sense for hunting prey underground in the dark.
The FWS is currently monitoring the following populations of the Black-Footed ferret
Population location: Entire, except where listed as an experimental population below
Listing status: Endangered
- States/US Territories in which this population is known to or is believed to occur: Arizona , Kansas , Montana , New Mexico , South Dakota , Wyoming
- US Counties in which this population is known to or is believed to occur: View All
- USFWS Refuges in which this population is known to occur:
UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge
- Countries in which the this population is known to occur: Mexico
- Additional species information
Population location: U.S.A. (WY and specific portions of AZ, CO, MT, SD, and UT, see 17.84(g))
Listing status: Experimental Population, Non-Essential
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|03/11/1967||Mountain-Prairie Region (Region 6)||Entire, except where listed as an experimental population below|
|08/21/1991||Mountain-Prairie Region (Region 6)||U.S.A. (WY and specific portions of AZ, CO, MT, SD, and UT, see 17.84(g))|
» Federal Register Documents
|Date||Title||Plan Action Status||Plan Status|
|11/08/2013||Recovery Plan for the Black-Footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes)||View Implementation Progress||Final Revision 2|
|Date||Citation Page||Title||Document Type|
|12/23/2013||78 FR 77485 77486||Notice of Availability: Revised Recovery Plan for the Black-Footed Ferret||
|05/06/2014||79 FR 25883||Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of Nine Species in the Mountain-Prairie Region||
|04/23/2013||78 FR 23948 23949||Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Black-Footed Ferret Draft Recovery Plan||
|08/13/2014||Black-footed Ferret 5-Year Review|
» Critical Habitat
No critical habitat rules have been published for the Black-Footed ferret.
» Conservation Plans
No conservation plans have been created for Black-Footed ferret.
» Life History
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