Ferrets live in a wide variety of areas.  Their natural habitat of Mustela putorious furo is in forested areas close by water sources (Defenders of Wildlife, 2013).   The common habitat for any type of ferret is an underground prairie dog burrows. 


Domestic ferret are kept both as pets and as working animals used for hunting (Animal Diversity Web, 2012), known as ferreting. It is not known exactly when ferrets became domesticated however, there has been evidence found of domestic ferrets in Europe 2500 years ago.  It is hypothesized that they were domesticated from European polecats  (Animal Diversity Web, 2012).

Black-footed ferrets live in prairie dog towns that once spanned across the Great Plains, Canada, Mexico, and the West (Defenders of Wildlife, 2013).  They were almost completely wiped out by 1986 and as of 2013 have been reintroduced.   Ferrets are poor diggers and thus depend on prairie dogs for food and shelter.  They feared extinction when humans destroyed their towns for crop fields and other human developments. The black-footed ferret is the only native species to North America (Defenders of Wildlife, 2013).


Also occupying a very similar habitat is the Mustela frenata.  This is know suprise because these two animals are cousins!

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