Radiotelemetry was used during 1983 and 1984 to collect information on short-term areas of activity for black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes) near Meeteetse, Wyoming. This population ultimately provided ferrets for the captive-breeding program that bred and released offspring into the wild since 1991. We fitted 5 adult ferrets and 13 juveniles with radiotransmitters and followed their movements during late summer and fall. Adult males had 7-day areas of activity that were >6 times as large as those of adult females. Activity areas of adult males varied little in coverage or location on a weekly basis, but females sequentially shifted their areas. Unlike juvenile females, juvenile males tended to leave their natal colonies.
|Title||Black-footed ferret areas of activity during late summer and fall at Meeteetse, Wyoming|
|Authors||K.A. Fagerstone, D.E. Biggins|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Journal of Mammalogy|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|