One of my favorite weasels has returned home to Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.
That’s right, some 35 black-footed ferrets were just released on two ranches near one of my favorite towns. Meeteetse (“Today is brought to you by the letter combination ‘ee’”) is known for its cowboy chocolatier and the old bank that never was robbed because Butch Cassidy kept his money there.
It’s also the closest town to the Lazy BV ranch where in 1981 a dog named Shep showed up with a dead animal. Ranch owner John Hogg contacted the authorities because this dead animal was so unusual. It turns out this was a black-footed ferret that many wildlife biologists thought had gone extinct.
Over the next five years, biologists rounded up the ferrets and started a captive breeding program near Fort Collins, Colorado.
As ferret populations have grown, wildlife biologists have released them in groups at 24 sites throughout the American West and in Canada and Mexico. I first saw one of these sites in Badlands National Park, and I am so happy that they are now closer to home.
In a way, this is a homecoming for the ferrets. Those 35 critters have been released on the Lazy BV ranch and Read More