There's hope for continent's rarest mammal

November 18, 2014 5:38 PM

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There's hope for continent's rarest mammal

The black-footed ferret is the rarest mammal on the continent, but conservation efforts are making strides in preventing it from disappearing altogether. That's what people thought had happened 35 years ago, when the animal was declared extinct—for the second time.

But after a dog found a black-footed ferret in Wyoming in 1981, breeders used 18 surviving animals from that newly-uncovered population to start populations at 25 sites, National Geographic reports.

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