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Since 1991, 19 reintroduction projects have been conducted across 8 states, Canada, and Mexico. Half are judged to be successful or improving, and the number of ferret individuals and populations is about halfway to the recovery goal. There are now six facilities participating in the captive breeding program, and about 300 kits were born in 2010.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the rediscovery of the ferret, events are being held around the country. On Saturday, black-footed ferret number 7505 was released in South Dakota's badlands at "invitation-only event at the Badlands National Park, attended by about two dozen ferret fanatics" (source). If you can't make it to one of the official events, sit back and relish the thought that sometimes we can bring species back from the brink of extinction.