Symposium on the Status of the Black-Footed Ferret and Its Habitat

Research Project: 


Project Manager: 

Butch Roelle

Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) began evaluating the status of black-footed ferrets in relation to the goals and objectives outlined in the 1988 Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Plan, with the intention of revising the plan in light of new information. Since 1993, knowledge of ferret behavior, physiology, management requirements, and available habitat has improved, but this information is not found in a central document or in cases is not readily available. This task supports joint FORT-FWS sponsorship of a national symposium to revisit ferret recovery goals, opportunities, and research needs. The symposium will provide a forum for organizing and disseminating this information by bringing together technical experts and resource managers to collaboratively discuss future steps necessary for the recovery of the species. Information disseminated through publication of the symposium proceedings will help wildlife researchers and managers in their efforts to restore this endangered species.

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