black-footed ferret


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black-footed ferret

n.
A nocturnal North American weasel (Mustela nigripes) having yellow and brown fur with a black mask and feet.

fer•ret1

(ˈfɛr ɪt)

n.
1. a domesticated variety of the polecat, used esp. in Europe for driving small mammals from their burrows.
2. Also called black-footed ferret. a North American prairie weasel, Mustela nigripes, with a black mask and black feet.
v.t.
3. to drive out by or as if by using a ferret (often fol. by out): to ferret rabbits from their burrows; to ferret out enemies.
4. to hunt with ferrets.
5. to hunt over with ferrets: to ferret a field.
6. to search out; bring to light (often fol. by out): to ferret out the facts.
7. to harry or worry; torment.
v.i.
8. to search about.
9. to hunt with ferrets.
[1350–1400; Middle English fer(r)et(te), fyret, furet < Middle French furet < Vulgar Latin *furittus=fūr thief (< Latin) + -ittus -et]
fer′ret•er, n.
fer′ret•y, adj.

fer•ret2

(ˈfɛr ɪt)

n.
a narrow tape or ribbon, as of silk or cotton, used for trimming, etc. Also called fer′ret•ing.
[1570–80; alter. of Italian fioretto floss silk, literally, little flower =fior(e) (< Latin flōrem; see flower)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.black-footed ferret - musteline mammal of prairie regions of United Statesblack-footed ferret - musteline mammal of prairie regions of United States; nearly extinct
mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal - fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
genus Mustela, Mustela - type genus of the family Mustelidae: minks and weasels
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breeding facilities and one in Canada, and had been "finished" at outdoor pre-conditioning pens at the Service's National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center near Wellington, Colorado, where they learned to hunt prairie dogs on their own.
The black-footed Ferret, native to the US, was moved from "extinct in the wild" to "endangered" after it was successfully introduced into seven US states and Mexico.
One notable endangered mammal on this list is the black-footed ferret, which is among the rarest mammals not only in the United States, but throughout North America.
In Reader's Digest condensed form, the federally endangered black-footed ferret feeds on prairie dogs and resides in deserted dog dens.
A distant relative of the common domestic ferret, the wild black-footed ferret of North America is endangered, in large part because of the mass die-off of its main food source--prairie dogs--at the hands of poisoning, shootings and diseases (see "Open Season on Varmints," cover story, July/August 2004).
Within moments, a black-footed ferret poked its head out, gazed across the seemingly endless prairie dog towns that dot the flat valley west of the Janos-Nuevo Casas Grandes region of northeastern Mexico, and suddenly dashed for the safety of a nearby burrow.
Seligman (Arizona) high school students are working with naturalists from Arizona Game and Fish to reintroduce the rare black-footed ferret to the area.
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Conservation biology and the black-footed ferret (Yale University Press, New Haven.
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All Americans can take pride in the fact that, under the ESA, the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus), black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), and western snowy plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus) have rebounded from the brink of extinction.