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BFF stands for “Best Friends Forever”. It also stands for “Black-Footed Ferret” day.

The black-footed ferret was thought to be extinct by 1980. On September 26, 1981 a ranch dog and family near Meeteetse, Wyoming rediscovered the species and sparked an effort to restore North America’s only native ferret species. We celebrate black-footed ferrets and the many biologists, past and present, working to restore black-footed ferrets to the prairies.

Bandit, in the photo above, is not a Black-Footed Ferret. The Black-Footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes) is the only ferret native to North America, and it’s most endangered animal. Bandit is a domesticated ferret (Mustela putorius furo) but certainly a “best friend forever.”

For more information about the endangered Black-Footed Ferret, please visit BFF.org and Prairie Wildlife Research

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