At this point all hope seemed lost and it was commonly accepted that the black-footed ferret was extinct. Fortunately, in 1981 conservationists were given a second chance and another wild population of black-footed ferrets was discovered near Meeteetse, Wyoming. Due to the previous instance where the captive ferrets died, there was some opposition to the idea of capturing these subjects to implement captive breeding.
Captive breeding is the process of breeding animals in a controlled environment like a wildlife reserve or a conservation facility. Since black-footed ferrets breed seasonally, the facilities begin checking both males and females for reproductive readiness in January. The female is usually pregnant for about 42 days and gives birth in the months of May and June. The average litter of “kits” (baby ferrets) is about three to four. When the mother gives birth, the kits are born blind and helpless and remain in that state for about 70 days. Normally in the wild the mother would bring the kits hunting around this time and within a