Endangered black-footed ferrets released on Heartland Ranch

The Southern Plains Land Trust expanded its Heartland Ranch Nature Preserve to 43,000 acres – nearly 70 square miles – in July 2022. This allows SPLT to advance key rewilding efforts, one of which is to create a reintroduction site for the endangered black-footed ferret. On October 19, the US Fish and Wildlife Service released 30 black-footed ferrets onto Heartland Ranch. These highly specialized small carnivores need large prairie dog populations to survive. They’ll find just that on Heartland Ranch, where all native wildlife is protected. 

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