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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:30 am    Post subject: Black-Footed Ferret  Reply with quote

As we all know ferrets and Polecats come in all the sizes and all the colours,but these little chaps although not from this country are probably one of my favourite looking(apart from mine of course!!).
 Great site this as well for all things to do with the little fuzzies and well worth a look.....as my Dad always tell me,"Ferrets...you gotta 'ave em!!"

http://www.ferret-world.com/blackfootedferret.html
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link mate, saved it . I'm planning a trip over the states to meet some hunting buddies and hope to see the black footed ferrets
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bearinator wrote:
Thanks for the link mate, saved it . I'm planning a trip over the states to meet some hunting buddies and hope to see the black footed ferrets


That sounds fantastic!!....and what a touch it would be if you came across a sight like the one below

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rustyboy wrote:
bearinator wrote:
Thanks for the link mate, saved it . I'm planning a trip over the states to meet some hunting buddies and hope to see the black footed ferrets


That sounds fantastic!!....and what a touch it would be if you came across a sight like the one below



That is a awesome pic mate
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know mate...came across it on the net recently and it just made me smile....
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what a lovely animal  
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Introduce yourself on the intro section.   You should have a whale of a time here.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Black-Footed Ferret Reply with quote

rustyboy wrote:
As we all know ferrets and Polecats come in all the sizes and all the colours,but these little chaps although not from this country are probably one of my favourite looking(apart from mine of course!!).
 Great site this as well for all things to do with the little fuzzies and well worth a look.....as my Dad always tell me,"Ferrets...you gotta 'ave em!!"

http://www.ferret-world.com/blackfootedferret.html


One of the release areas is in Shirley Basin , Wyoming. We frequently go hare coursing in this huge area and one part was set aside for the re-introduction.  A few years ago an outbreak of Bubonic Plague broke out, as it frequently does, in the praire dog population and as ferrets are also suceptible to this disease they were all recaptured. Praire dogs are the main food of BF ferrets and they are always covered in fleas.
There is a captive breeding program taking place at Sybil, Wyoming, run by the Feds.  The public can visit and see BF ferrets on CC cameras.  

Have fun on your visit.  Take plenty of warm clothing.  Nothing can change faster than weather in Wyoming.  I have literaslly been walking in T-shirts one day and a full white out the next and sometimes all in the same day.  This was in May.

I have pics of Shirley Basin if I could find out how to post them!!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers for adding that tony...great to hear interesting information from someone who knows,i had heard about the plague factor that you mentioned,have you any idea on the amount of BFF they managed to recapture
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rustyboy wrote:
Cheers for adding that tony...great to hear interesting information from someone who knows,i had heard about the plague factor that you mentioned,have you any idea on the amount of BFF they managed to recapture


I think pretty well all of them.  I understand that they have re-released them again.  I suspect the BFF's are going to have to learn to live with the plague as it crops up so frequently.  The plague really affects the bald eagle and coyote population by removing the major food source for them.

Jackrabbit (hare) numbers also suffer when plague breaks out  as the predators turn their attention on the Jacks.  Classic chain reaction!!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting timeline.

http://www.blackfootedferret.org/timeline
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that link tony,bookmarked that for deeper reading later it looks mighty fine!! ....and very true and sad when other magnificent Animals have to also take a hit on their numbers.....Personally i would rather it was happening to Greedy,Corrupt and Vicious members of this world.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rustyboy wrote:
Thanks for that link tony,bookmarked that for deeper reading later it looks mighty fine!! ....and very true and sad when other magnificent Animals have to also take a hit on their numbers.....Personally i would rather it was happening to Greedy,Corrupt and Vicious members of this world.


Interestingly you can't own a ferret that isn't neutered in the Western States where if entire, they might escape and breed with the BFF.

Pet shops in every state, sell them as household pets, but they are always neutered and de-stinked!! Or whatever the correct title is.  When I came to the States from England back in 1979 I sold all my ferrets. Probably ten or a dozen.  When I saw the prices for ferret pets here I wished I'd left the Whippets and brought the ferrets!!   As far as I can tell, there is only one big commercial breeder in the USA and most of those go to labs.  Almost no one works them.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something else that i remember reading about a while back Tlewis was that in certain state/states of the U.S it is illegal to hunt with Ferrets and Polecats,is that true??
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rustyboy wrote:
Something else that i remember reading about a while back Tlewis was that in certain state/states of the U.S it is illegal to hunt with Ferrets and Polecats,is that true??


In states where it is legal to own them I don't think there is any restriction on hunting them, but there is not much to hunt under ground.  Rabbits don't go to ground in the western states very often.  The Western Cottontail is about  1/2 the size of the rabbits found in England.  The Eastern cottontail is larger. About 2/3 the size of an English rabbit or should I say European rabbit!  Jackrabbits are not rabbits .  They are hares.  Probably more than you ever wanted to know.

Wish I could work out how to post pictures.  I have some good jackrabbit pictures.


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