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Ferret kits

Black-footed ferret kits are being released in Montana’s UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge in an attempt to re-establish them.

Randy Matchett, senior wildlife biologist at the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, will talk in Lewistown on March 20 about his work with the endangered black-footed ferret.

These weasel relatives live in prairie dog tunnels and are North America’s only native ferrets. They once ranged across the Great Plains from Canada to Mexico, but by 1979 — due to habitat loss, pest-control and disease — black-footed ferrets were nearly extinct. Today, thanks to reintroduction efforts, populations have stabilized.

Matchett will talk at the Fergus County Council on Aging, 307 West Watson St., at 6:30 p.m. The talk is sponsored by the The Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument.

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