Recovery Strategies

Recovery Strategy for the Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes) in Canada

The black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) is a mid-sized member of the weasel family that inhabits grassland ecosystems where prairie dogs are present (Cynomys spp.). Once thought to be globally extinct, black-footed ferrets have been reintroduced in the United States, but remain extirpated in Canada. Historical data suggests the ferret’s range once included southern Saskatchewan and southern Alberta. Recovering and reintroducing black-footed ferrets in Canada will contribute to North American ferret conservation efforts by re-establishing a wild-functioning ferret population at the northern edge of the species’ distribution.

Consultation period: 2009-03-11 to 2009-05-10


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Joanne Tuckwell
Species at Risk Coordinator
Parks Canada
145 McDermot Ave.
Winnipeg, MB
R3B 0R9
Tel: 204-984-2416
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