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Drones could save endangered ferrets by dropping peanut butter-flavored vaccine pellets

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File photo - Two ferret kits peer out of a burrow Photo Credit: Kimberly Tamkun, USFWS .

Fish and Wildlife Service are considering an ambitious plan to protect endangered ferrets by using drones to drop peanut-butter flavor vaccine pellets in a Montana wildlife refuge.

The UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge is an important site for the recovery of black-footed ferrets, which are considered one of North America s rarest mammals.

Captive-reared ferrets have been reintroduced at the refuge, which covers about 56,000 acres, since 1994.

However, Sylvatic plague poses a major threat to the species.

While the ferrets are vaccinated against the plague when they are introduced to the refuge, the disease is lethal to prairie dogs, on which they depend for food and habitat.

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