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Third Wyoming release set for predator once thought extinct

July 15, 2018

MEETEETSE, Wyo. (AP) — Biologists plan another release of black-footed ferrets in Wyoming’s Park County.

The animals were thought to be extinct until a tiny colony was discovered in 1981 near the small northwestern town of Meeteetse.

Biologists made previous releases in Park County in 2016 and 2017. The Casper Star-Tribune reports another release is set for sometime this year.

The population of the species has surpassed 9,000 — and it’s still growing. The nocturnal weasels prey on prairie dogs.

A captive-breeding program has helped restore black-footed ferrets at several locations in Colorado, Montana and elsewhere in the western U.S.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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