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Where do black-footed ferrets live?

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Black-footed ferrets are native to North America and differ from domestic ferrets, which originally came from Europe and are an entirely different species. There was once tens of thousands of black-footed ferrets in the wild, but this number has been greatly reduced as a result of habitat destruction and disease.

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Black-footed ferrets used to live on black-tailed prairie dog colonies throughout the Great Plains and could be found in northern Mexico and as far north as Southern Canada. In 1986, black-footed ferrets were completely non-existent in the wild but have since been reintroduced in Mexico, eight American states and Canada. Black-footed ferrets are nocturnal and spend the majority of their time in underground prairie dog burrows, which is where they raise their young, eat and sleep.

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