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Ferrets? How many live in California?

Did everyone read staff writer Denis Cuff’s front page story about the pet ferret underground in last Saturday’s Times? If you didn’t get a chance to read it, you should. You can read it right now at

Ferrets are illegal in California and Hawaii, but legal to own in all the other 48 states. Cuff takes an interesting look at how lifestyles of the owners of thousands, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands (pick one) of ferrets in California are being affected by their pets.

Which raises an interesting question. Just how many pet ferrets do we have presently living in California?

Which of course, as everyone knows, means it’s time for another one of my quickie little non-scientific but always fascinating surveys.

To keep human owners of illegal ferrets from getting into trouble with the law, this survey is for all the FERRETS who are reading this. Please send me an e-mail or a letter with your name and the names of all the other FERRETS living with you and your human family, and the city where you live.

I’ll add up all the ferret names and cities and hopefully we can get a better picture of how many of you "lovable, clever, sociable pets" (ferret owner descriptions), or "dangerous carnivores with sharp teeth" (California Department of Fish and Game description), are out there reading my blog.

I’ve always wondered what kind of ferret following I’ve got.

My e-mail address:

My mailing address: Gary Bogue, Pet & Wildlife Columnist, P.O. Box 8099, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-8099.

Posted on Wednesday, July 5th, 2006
Under: Pet ferrets | 8 Comments »