PUEBLO WEST, Colo. (CBS4)– Some Colorado natives are back home after they haven’t been around much since WWII. The black footed ferrets were released back into the wild on Monday.

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(credit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife)

The 14 ferrets are naturally nocturnal so they didn’t hang around too long once Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers released them into a field near Pueblo West.

The ferrets are predators of prairie dogs and help keep the ecosystem balanced.

The black footed ferret has been thought to be extinct twice. There is a healthy population living in Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge after reintroduction efforts in 2015.

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