- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An expert who was part of the effort to save black-footed ferrets from extinction will talk about the animal’s recovery.

David Jachowski, who is an assistant University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor, was originally scheduled to speak in November, but his talk was rescheduled for Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Center for Great Plains Studies.

Before joining the university, Jachowski worked as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He wrote a book about the effort to save the ferrets.

In 1986, only 18 black-footed ferrets remained in North America. Now there is a stable population in the wild.

But saving the black-footed ferrets has meant providing some protection for prairie dogs, which many ranchers consider a pest. The ferrets might eat 100 prairie dogs a year.




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