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2009-11-05 17:05:00

WELLINGTON, Colo., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The endangered black-footed ferrets inhabit prairie dog towns in the western U.S. This rare carnivore feeds on prairie dogs. The prairie dogs are very susceptible to plague and often entire population die-offs in towns occur. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has implemented a ferret breeding program and has been releasing trained, captive ferrets into their formerly native habitat. Unfortunately, plague can sweep through and decimate...

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2009-11-03 07:52:39

The European mink, Mustela lutreola, is a species catalogued as in danger of extinction, due to the large decline in their population over the past century. It is considered to be one of the most endangered mammals, both locally and internationally. The PhD by University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) researcher, Maria Teresa Cabria Garrido, the title of which is Development and application of molecular markers for the study of the biology and the conservation of the European mink, Mustela...

2008-12-19 12:05:44

The stoats at an ancient ruined priory in Northern England appear to be preparing for a white Christmas. The mammals have already changed to their white winter coats, The Daily Mail reports. Last year, the change was delayed into January. Stoats, also known as ermine, are brown with off-white bellies. But in the northern part of their range, where an inch or more of snow is usual in winter, they shed the brown fur for a thicker white coat, producing a pelt that was highly valued during the...

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...

2008-07-16 09:00:44

By Jim Robbins A colony that contains nearly half of the black-footed ferrets in the United States and that biologists say is critical to the long- term health of the species has been struck by plague, which may have killed a third of the 300 animals. A much-publicized endangered species in the 1970s that had dwindled to 18 animals, the black-footed ferret had struggled to make a comeback and had been doing relatively well for decades. But plague, always a threat to the ferrets and their...


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Siberian Weasel, Mustela sibirica
2013-01-01 15:35:26

The Siberian weasel or kolonok (Mustela sibirica) is native to Asia. Its native range includes Laos, Myanmar, North Korea, Nepal, India, and Russia, among other areas. It has been introduced into Kamishima, Jabu, Honshu, and Shikoku. This species holds eleven recognized subspecies. The Siberian weasel varies in size between the sexes, with males growing larger than females. Males can reach an average body length of up to 15.3 inches and a weight of up to 1.8 pounds, while females reach a...

Steppe Polecat, Mustela eversmanii
2013-01-01 14:56:56

The steppe polecat (Mustela eversmanii), also known as the masked polecat or the white polecat, is a member of the Mustelidae family that is native to Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia. It is a nomadic species, moving across its large range to follow its main prey item of ground squirrels. This species holds five recognized subspecies, and one extinct subspecies known as M. e. michnoi. The steppe polecat is similar in appearance to the European polecat, but its body is longer due...

Mountain Weasel, Mustela altaica
2013-01-01 14:17:37

The mountain weasel (Mustela altaica), also known as the solongoi, pale weasel, or Altai weasel, can be found in a range that extends from the Himalayas to Mongolia and includes Ladakh, India, northeastern China, Kazakhstan, Tibet, Korea, southern Siberia, and areas of Russia. It prefers a habitat within grassy woodlands and rocky tundra areas with dense vegetation, at altitudes of at least 11,480 feet. The mountain weasel displays a slight sexual dimorpism, with males growing larger than...

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2007-08-23 05:39:49

The Siberian Mountain Weasel (Mustela sibirica), is also known as the Siberian Weasel, Kolinsky or Himalayan Weasel. It is a rust colored relative of the weasel family. Siberian weasel fur makes the finest water color or oil paint brushes and is especially sought after by artists. The so-called kolinsky sable-hair brush is produced using the winter fur of the male Siberian weasel, not sable.

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2007-01-22 15:29:39

The American Mink, Mustela vison, is a North American member of the Mustelidae family found in Alaska, Canada and most of the United States. Some have established themselves in the wild in Newfoundland, Europe and South America after escaping from fur farms. In Europe, tens of thousand were intentionally introduced by the Soviet Union over a period of several decades. In later years, animal rights activists have also released several thousands in their attacks on fur farms. The larger...

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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.