Saturday, August 23, 2014

Black-Footed Ferret and Prairie Dog

Now here's a couple that are truly up a creek without a paddle. The black-footed ferret depends on the prairie dog as a food source and for their burrows for nesting, but the extinction of the prairie dog is having a toll on the ferret population by extension. In fact, as late as 1981, the black-footed ferret was considered extinct until a colony was discovered in Wyoming. Much of the demise of both species has been caused by a bacterial plague for which they have no immunity, and by ranchers who consider them competition for the grass that their livestock depend on.

Oil on wood panel, 30" x 40".


Way Out Wear said...

oh wow, thanks for the education. I had no idea! Poor little guys.

I love how you paint water and your skies - very lovely. You have nice colour selections too

Andree Tracey said...

Thanks, Denise!