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11 February 2003 @ 01:05 am
mysterious critters  
Does Northern California have anything like a native ferret? Because I just saw something that looked amazingly like one. Running, or more like loping, up a 280 embankment. Black, or at least dark enough to pass for it under partial streetlight. Too slim to be a cat, but about the length of a smallish one, and it didn't run like an oppossum, it ran like a ferret. It paused occasionally and looked back in my direction and I could practically hear the 'dook dook dook'.

I would have pulled over and tried to get a better look, but I had a cop next to me, and I also didn't want to startle it into running onto 280.
 
 
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hegemony hedgehogagrimony on February 11th, 2003 09:32 am (UTC)
No, which is why ferrets are prohibited as pets in California. There's a huge concern that if people were allowed to have ferrets as pets then some ferrets would inevitably get out and then the bird population would disappear overnight. Or something along those lines.

This has not, however, actually stopped people from having ferrets as pets in California.
Lauratavella on February 12th, 2003 08:02 am (UTC)
Eeep, I hope it wasn't a lost pet ferret. That would suck, because it's not like you can advertise 'lost pet'.
William Ricardirrauwl on February 11th, 2003 03:52 pm (UTC)
Well.
Enough people have let their ferrets loose that some have led and bred a successful feral population. They've been around for a while, but specificly in significant and growing numbers: since the late 70's.

So it's quite possible that you spotted a feral. Feral ferret, say that 10 times real fast.
Lauratavella on February 12th, 2003 08:02 am (UTC)
Re: Well.
That's disturbing, yet cool. Feral ferrets!
Malkinmalkin on February 13th, 2003 10:15 am (UTC)
Er, pet ferrets have been domesticated longer than the cat, and can't, in general, survive in the wild. If they get loose, their days are numbered. My ferret, for one, has about as much hunting instinct as a cow.
Malkinmalkin on February 13th, 2003 10:29 am (UTC)
Here's more on the "feral ferret" issue:
http://www.ferretnews.org/sierra2.html