More endangered ferrets released in Kansas

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Kan. | Nineteen more endangered black-footed ferrets have been released in Kansas as part of a reintroduction project started in December.

The ferrets were released at various sites in western Kansas' Logan County last week. Twenty-four of the rare ferrets were released on private ranch land there in December.

They used to be a common sight in Kansas and across the Great Plains, but that was before much of the prairie turned to cropland and prairie dog villages were poisoned.

Twelve of the animals were released on a 10,000-acre complex owned and operated by Gordon and Martha Barnhardt and Larry and Bette Haverfield. The seven remaining animals were taken to the Nature Conservancy's Smoky Valley Ranch for release.