Volunteers sought for fall ferret spotlighting

KINGMAN - Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering an opportunity to people wanting to assist in the recovery efforts of the endangered black-footed ferret.

This elusive, nocturnal animal was once the most endangered mammal on the planet and just 18 ferrets remained when captive breeding efforts began.

Game and Fish will be conducting its annual fall spotlighting effort and needs volunteers Oct. 6-10 to help document black-footed ferret numbers throughout the Aubrey Valley, just west of Seligman.

"Volunteers have always played a vital role in this recovery effort," said Jeff Pebworth, wildlife program manager at the Game and Fish Kingman office. Those wishing to volunteer, or needing more information, should e-mail azferret@azgfd.gov by Sept. 30 with "October Spotlighting" in the subject line. Individuals should indicate which night(s) they are available to help; include a first and last name, a contact number, and if anyone else will be attending with them.