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rustyboy

Black-Footed Ferret

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
bearinator

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
rustyboy

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

bearinator

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
rustyboy

I know mate...came across it on the net recently and it just made me smile....
Leviathan

what a lovely animal  
bodger

Introduce yourself on the intro section.   You should have a whale of a time here.
tlewis

Re: Black-Footed Ferret

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!!
rustyboy

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
tlewis

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!!
tlewis

Interesting timeline.

http://www.blackfootedferret.org/timeline
rustyboy

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.
tlewis

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.
rustyboy

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??
tlewis

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.
lilwitedogs

Here's my picture of a western jackrabbit, taken in Wyoming a couple of months ago.  


tlewis,
There is an "attach file" button below the window where we type the posts.  Click on that and then click on "browse", and you can go to your picture library and then highlight the picture you want to post.  Then hit "upload file".  If that is not clear, message me and I will see if I can help.
tlewis

lilwitedogs

rustyboy

You could e-mail them to me tlewis and i'll post 'em up on this thread if you like mate....I'll leave it up to you.
tlewis

rustyboy wrote:
You could e-mail them to me tlewis and i'll post 'em up on this thread if you like mate....I'll leave it up to you.


Thanks for the offer, but I think I have worked it out.  At 74 I'm not too slick at this 'puter stuff!!!
lilwitedogs

Looks to me ike you are doing fine!
rustyboy

lilwitedogs wrote:
Looks to me ike you are doing fine!


Yup...Nowt wrong there tlewis
tlewis

rustyboy wrote:
lilwitedogs wrote:
Looks to me ike you are doing fine!


Yup...Nowt wrong there tlewis


Took this at dawn this morning.


12Bore

Fantastic colours!
tlewis

Off to go coursing on Saturday in Wyoming. !000 mile drive but it's worth it.

tlewis

12Bore wrote:
Fantastic colours!


Yes, a great sunrise looking East of course.  This is Mt. Adams looking West from my deck. Same time.
tlewis

And South at Mt. Hood.
lilwitedogs

Gorgeous pictures!

Where do you go in Wyoming?
12Bore

That's one heck of a view you have there!
tlewis

lilwitedogs wrote:
Gorgeous pictures!

Where do you go in Wyoming?

sod

Love them thanks great place to live and can see why the drive to that is worth it
bearinator

tlewis wrote:
Off to go coursing on Saturday in Wyoming. !000 mile drive but it's worth it.



Excellent pics , what do you use for coursing them? Is it pure greyhounds or staghounds
lilwitedogs

I'd love to go see hounds run like that.  Too many fences here to do it.
tlewis

Excellent pics , what do you use for coursing them? Is it pure greyhounds or staghounds[/quote]

Two dogs in front are Whippets and the rear dog is 1/2 whippet 1/2 lurcher.
Another whippet with big jack.

rustyboy

What Cracking Photographs my eye is priveliged to see....Whats your address i'm coming over!!
lilwitedogs

I'll meet you there,  rustyboy.  And I'm bringing my little sighthound along.  
bearinator

tlewis wrote:


Two dogs in front are Whippets and the rear dog is 1/2 whippet 1/2 lurcher.
Another whippet with big jack.



Cheers I forgot to say whippets  but another fantastic pic
tlewis

lilwitedogs wrote:
Gorgeous pictures!

Where do you go in Wyoming?


Medicine Bow and Shirley Basin.

Picture taken last week.  Not a ferret but they do eat them !!!
tlewis

Terrible coursing weather.  Left early and all roads closed hours after we left.
tlewis

[quote="tlewis:281898"]Terrible coursing weather.  Left early and all roads closed hours after we left.


Even the cows were shivering!!



rustyboy

lilwitedogs

That looks miserable.  I know it got really cold last week, we eventually got the cold blast here, too. Shame you didn't stick around a bit longer.  The temps out there today are going to be in the upper 60's and low 70's.    

I spent a week in Douglas in August.  I like Wyoming.
tlewis

Good news for the BFF if it is a new colony.  Great adition to the gene pool.
http://trib.com/news/state-and-re...-ac76-5be3-82ca-a4b2c669ab56.html


Picture of a fungi on an oak stump in our garden.  Can't remember ever seeing anything like this in the U.K.  Supposed to be edible but I'm not brave enough!!

rustyboy

tlewis wrote:
Good news for the BFF if it is a new colony.  Great adition to the gene pool.
http://trib.com/news/state-and-re...-ac76-5be3-82ca-a4b2c669ab56.html


Picture of a fungi on an oak stump in our garden.  Can't remember ever seeing anything like this in the U.K.  Supposed to be edible but I'm not brave enough!!



Great News with the article,thanks for that,,be worth keeping an eye on the results of the blood tests when they are completed....i also think that it would be pretty nigh on impossible that they would have wandered 50 to 100miles,lets keep our fingers crossed
tlewis

Great News with the article,thanks for that,,be worth keeping an eye on the results of the blood tests when they are completed....i also think that it would be pretty nigh on impossible that they would have wandered 50 to 100miles,lets keep our fingers crossed [/quote]

Yes, and I think there must be a lot more than three on the same reservation. Has to be to have bred seperately from the released ferrets.
They are probably in the perfect kind of place to go undetected.  Indian reservations are typically in the worst, most inhospitable place for humans but great for a secretive animal like the BFF.  Who knows, maybe they will find Big Foot next  
lilwitedogs

If it took a month to find one on 80 acres, after they'd been reported, I'd say you are right, bound to be more down in those holes.  Good news that they found them.

And yes, the reservations are generally on the land nobody else wanted.  Bigfoot could well be hanging out there.
taysideferret

Brilliant little animal. and well done on the team who have been working to help this little critter bounce back from extinction.

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