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A technique for evaluating black-footed ferret habitat

July 1, 1993

In this paper, we provide a model and step-by-step procedures for rating a prairie dog (Cynomys sp.) complex for the reintroduction of black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes). An important factor in the model is an estimate of the number of black-footed ferret families a prairie dog complex can support for a year; thus, the procedures prescribe how to estimate the size of a prairie dog complex and the density of prairie dogs. Other attributes of the model are qualitative: arrangement of colonies, potential for plague and canine distemper, potential for prairie dog expansion, abundance of predators, future resource conflicts and ownership stability, and public and landowner attitudes about prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets. Because of the qualitative attributes in the model, a team approach is recommended for ranking complexes of prairie dogs for black-footed ferret reintroduction.

Publication Year 1993
Title A technique for evaluating black-footed ferret habitat
Authors Dean E. Biggins, Brian J. Miller, Louis R. Hanebury, Bob Oakleaf, Adrian H. Farmer, Ron Crete, Arnold Dood
Publication Type Book
Publication Subtype Conference publication
Index ID 70128291
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse