Lost Creek Ranch - Oil On Canvas - 8 x 10 Douglas Allen Studio Made with Xara Other Animals of North America Come Back Kids - Black Footed Ferret - 2010 - Oil On Panel - 11 x 12 1/2 The Black-footed ferrets, the only ferret that populates North America,  once numbered in the tens of thousands.  Widespread destruction of their habitat and exotic diseases in the 1900s brought them to the brink of extinction. Only 18 remained in 1986. Today, they are making a comeback in the wild and in captive breeding facilities.