Yesterday, Senator Larry Crowder’s (R-Alamosa) bill to allow the introduction of the black-footed ferrets on private lands in Colorado won initial approval in the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee.
“Black-footed ferrets, which are an endangered species, are natural predators of the prairie dogs,” explained Crowder. “This bill would allow the black-footed ferret to be reintroduced into its natural habitat to naturally decrease the prairie dog population that runs rampant on ranching and agricultural land in Southeast Colorado.”
Senate Bill 169 would also allow landowners to negotiate directly with the federal government to introduce the ferrets onto private property.
The federal government has been trying to reintroduce black-footed ferrets into the wild for over 20 years. However, there is a shortage of suitable reintroduction sites.