California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Ferret - Table of Contents

Introduction Table of Content Ferret Bibliography Population Estimates
Ferret Survey Biology and Uses Ferret in the Wild World Distribution
California's Concerns Native Carnivores Other Mustelidae Tables

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

BACKGROUND

BIOLOGY AND USES
  1. Taxonomy
  2. Description
  3. Biology, Physiology, and Diseases
  4. History of Ferrets in the U.S
  5. Uses of the Domestic Ferret
    1. Hunting Game and Rodents
    2. Lab Animal
    3. Fur Animal
    4. Pet
    5. Ferret Breeding in the U.S.
  6. Hunting Skills of Pet Ferrets
  7. Other Carnivore Species Used as Pets

FERRETS IN THE WILD
  1. Escape of Ferrets to the Wild
  2. Survival of Released or Escaped Ferrets
  3. Difficulty Detecting Free-living Ferrets
  4. Difficulty Controlling Ferrets

WORLD DISTRIBUTION OF WILD DOMESTIC FERRETS
  1. New Zealand
    1. Introduction into NZ
    2. Ferret Biology
    3. Fur Market
    4. Control of Ferrets
    5. New Controls on Ferrets?
    6. Threat to Wildlife
    7. Ferrets and Bovine Tb
    8. Prey Switching and Rabbit Control
  2. Australia
  3. Europe
  4. North America
CALIFORNIA'S CONCERNS
  1. Animal Importation Restrictions
  2. Non-native Terrestrial Vertebrates in California
  3. Restriction on Importation and Possession of Domestic Ferrets
  4. The 1933 California Law Prohibiting Importation of Ferrets
  5. Links to California Laws and Regulations Regarding Domestic Ferrets
  6. Recent Proposed Legislation Regarding Ferrets
  7. Fish and Game Commission Hearing on Legalization of Ferrets (Apr. 2000)
  8. Public Health and Safety Issues
  9. Threat to Poultry
  10. Restrictions on the Importation and Possession of Pet Animals and Domestic Animals
  11. California Wildlife at Risk from Introductions of Small, Non-native Carnivores
  12. The Threat of Alien Species
  13. Alien Species and Habitat Fragmentation

CALIFORNIA'S SMALL NATIVE CARNIVORES

INTRODUCTIONS OF SMALL CARNIVORES AROUND THE WORLD

SOME OF THE OTHER SMALL MUSTELIDAE OF THE WORLD

TABLES
  1. Table 1. Relative sizes of carnivores.
  2. Table 2. Established species of non-native mammals in California.
  3. Table 3. Established populations of escaped pets/ornamental animals.
  4. Table 4. Restricted domestic animals.
  5. Table 5. Restricted and exempted domestic animals.
  6. Table 6. Illegal pets in California.