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2008-09-18 15:42:53

Puzzled about why Fido acts the way he does?  Although some pet behaviors may seem a bit odd, there is usually a sound reason for all of them.  As Cesar Millan, host of the National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer, says "pay attention"¦.you can break the code." For example, many pets spontaneously start running through the house as though they are on fire, appearing almost crazy to their unsuspecting owners.  Millan attributes this behavior to simple boredom....

2008-09-03 15:00:22

By CHET BROKAW INTERIOR, S.D. -- On the grasslands a few miles from the pinnacles and spires of Badlands National Park, federal wildlife officials have been waging a war since spring to save one of the country's largest colonies of endangered black-footed ferrets. The deadly disease sylvatic plague was discovered in May in a huge prairie dog town in the Conata Basin. The black-tailed prairie dog is the main prey of ferrets, and the disease quickly killed up to a third of the area's 290...

2008-09-02 16:58:09

Black-footed ferrets at the Smithsonian's National Zoo have birthed two kits sired by males who died in 1999 and 2000. These endangered ferrets were artificially inseminated in May with frozen semen from the two dead males, each giving birth to a kit in June, officials at the zoo announced today.  Three other black-footed ferret kits have been born using this method. The black-footed ferret is one of the most endangered animals in the world. The ferrets were said...

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2008-09-03 09:30:00

Smithsonian scientists use frozen semen to help save endangered species Two black-footed ferrets at the Smithsonian's National Zoo have each given birth to a kit that was sired by males who died in 1999 and 2000. These endangered ferrets"”part of a multi-institutional breeding and reintroduction program"”were artificially inseminated in May with frozen semen from the two deceased males, each giving birth to a kit on June 20 and 21 respectively. The sperm samples were collected and...

2008-09-01 00:01:35

By The Associated Press INTERIOR, S.D. (AP) - On the grasslands a few miles from the pinnacles and spires of Badlands National Park, federal wildlife officials have been waging a war since spring to save one of the nation's largest colonies of endangered black-footed ferrets. The deadly sylvatic plague was discovered in May in a huge prairie dog town in the Conata Basin. The black-tailed prairie dog is the main prey of ferrets, and the disease quickly killed up to a third of the area's...

2008-08-31 12:05:00

By Chet Brokaw Associated Press INTERIOR, S.D. -- On the grasslands a few miles from the pinnacles and spires of Badlands National Park, federal wildlife officials have been waging a war since spring to save one of the nation's largest colonies of endangered black-footed ferrets. The deadly disease sylvatic plague was discovered in May in a huge prairie dog town in the Conata Basin. The black-tailed prairie dog is the main prey of ferrets, and the disease quickly killed up to a third of the...

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2008-07-17 10:05:00

Endangered black-footed ferrets, like children, aren't exactly lining up to be stuck with a vaccine, but in an effort to help control an extensive outbreak of plague in South Dakota, some of the ferrets are getting dosed with a vaccine given by biologists. This is the first time the vaccine has been used during a major plague epizootic "” an animal version of a human epidemic. Sylvatic plague is an infectious bacterial disease usually transmitted from animal to animal by fleas. This...

2008-07-15 09:00:44

By Michelle Dynes By Michelle Dynes mdynes@wyomingnews.com CHEYENNE - Plague is threatening black-footed ferrets in South Dakota and putting local biologists on alert for signs of the disease in Wyoming. About 10,000 acres of prairie dog colonies have been infected in South Dakota's Conata Basin, tainting the endangered ferrets' favorite meal, said Martin Grenier, non-game mammal biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. It's still too early to calculate the impacts to...

2008-01-31 09:00:00

The woman whose home , barn and garage were crammed with more than 200 ferrets and carcasses said Wednesday that she was running a ferret rescue shelter that got out of control. Authorities on Wednesday charged Elaine Carole McCraig of the 200 block of N . Lynnhaven Road with a single count of animal cruelty after they removed more than 100 ferrets and nearly an equal number of dead animals from her property the day before. McCraig, director of Ferret Rescue of Tidewater Inc., said she got...


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Burmese Ferret-badger, Melogale personata
2013-01-01 14:04:29

The Burmese ferret-badger or the large-toothed ferret-badger (Melogale personata) can be found in Thailand, Indochina, southern Yunnan, Myanmar, and northeast India. Its preferred habitats are unknown, but it is thought that habitats depend upon dispersal of mature individuals and it has been found in forested areas, grasslands, and rice fields. In India, it can be found at elevations of up to 6,397 feet. It holds three recognized subspecies, although two of these have also been classified as...

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2009-02-16 18:16:45

The Kinkajou (Potos flavus), also known as the Honey Bear, is a species of mammal found in the rainforests of Central and South America. It is the only member of the family genus Potos. It is related to the olingo, ringtail, cacomistle, raccoon, and coati. These animals are sometimes mistaken for ferrets or monkeys, but are not related. The name Honey Bear is derived from the fact that in captivity it will eat honey, however, in the wild it has never been observed to do so. An adult...

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2007-01-22 15:25:23

The black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) is a small carnivorous North American mammal closely related to the Steppe Polecat of Russia. It is a member of the diverse family Mustelidae which also includes weasels, mink, polecats, martens, otters, and badgers. It should not be confused with the domesticated ferret. The black-footed ferret is an endangered mammal in North America, according to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). They became extinct in the wild in Canada in 1937,...

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2007-01-22 15:09:15

The stoat (Mustela erminea), also known as the short-tailed weasel or the wild otter, is a small mammal of the family Mustelidae. The stoat is an opportunistic carnivore and grows up to 11.81 in (30 cm) long. It eats rabbits and rodents such as the mouse, vole and rats and other small mammals. It also eats birds, their eggs, and young. They sometimes eat fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. It is a very skillful tree climber and can descend a trunk headfirst, like a squirrel....

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