NMDG&F Introduces Black-Footed Ferrets To New Mexico Again

ferret 2.jpgA blackfooted ferret brought to Wagon Mound from  Fish & Wildlife’s National Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center near Fort Collins, Colo., shows its face in its new home. The ferrets were are raised in captivity and prepared for release at sites throughout the interior western United States. Photo Courtesy NMDG&F

71004697_10158863937944148_3607593896655192064_n.jpgThree boys assist with the release of black-footed ferrets into the wild near Wagon Mount. Photo Courtesy NMDG&F

70575343_10158863938049148_5489787774242390016_n.jpgThis little ferret looks right at home. Photo Courtesy NMDG&F

magazine-exclsuive-articles-2019-april-issue2-black-footed-ferrets-awaits-new-home.jpgIn the wild, black-footed ferrets reside in prairie dog towns. They rely almost exclusively on prairie dogs, for food and for their burrows, which provide denning and shelter sites. Photo Courtesy NMDG&F

scoputA girl scout encourages a ferret to head out into the wild. Photo Courtesy NMDG&F

71094318_10158863938014148_5507476326468026368_nA group of boys assist with the release of a black-footed ferret into the wild. Photo Courtesy NMDG&F

ferrets.jpgNew Mexico Game And Fish Department released several black-footed ferrets into the wild near Wagon Mound over the weekend. The release location was only the third ever in the states, several years having passed since the last reintroduction attempt at the Vermejo Park Ranch in Colfax County, not too far away from this 500-acre black-tailed prairie dog town. Photo Courtesy NMDG&F