Endangered ferrets settling in, making babies at new Colorado home
In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, file photo, a black-footed ferret looks out of a crate used to take it to a site to be let loose during a release of 30 of the animals by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colo. (AP / David Zalubowski, File)
Dan Elliott, The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2016 3:43AM EST
DENVER -- Dozens of slinky, ferocious and rare ferrets are settling in and making babies at a wildlife refuge outside Denver one year after they were released there.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service counted 47 black-footed ferrets last month at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. That includes 71 per cent of the original 28 captive-born ferrets released there in 2015.
Kimberly Fraser of the Fish and Wildlife Service black-footed ferret program calls that a phenomenal survival rate.
Searchers also found nearly two dozen black-footed ferrets that were born at the refuge, a promising sign for the campaign to bring the animals back.
Black-footed ferrets were once thought to be extinct but a small colony was found in Wyoming in 1981. They're classified as an endangered species.