Ferret Recovery Area in Montana
By Jonathan Proctor, Grassland Program Associate
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) (shown in gold below) manages much of the land within the endangered black-footed ferret recovery area (outlined in black) situated in north central Montana.
The black-footed ferret diet relies almost exclusively on prairie dogs. Since 1997, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as Predator Conservation Alliance and others have attempted to stop prairie dog shooting in the 7-kilometer ferret recovery area. After extreme pressure, the BLM closed 15 of the prairie dog towns (shown in hot pink) to shooting in 2000.
If black-footed ferrets are to survive in Montana, all prairie dog shooting must stop on public lands in the entire 7-kilometer ferret recovery area.