A roundtable discusses the story of the black-footed ferret rescue | New

POWELL — For the same reason, you probably shouldn’t marry your cousin if you want healthy children, nearly four decades after the last black-footed ferrets were rescued from a ranch in Park County, the species faces an uncertain future, despite early and forward-looking work by researchers in response to the wildlife crisis.

Only seven females from the 1985 rescue mission were able to mate in captivity. From this handful of individuals, more than 10,000 descendants were bred. All American polecats living today are closely related.

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