First year: 1970s Established status: Species are present but not confirmed to be breeding. Population persists only with repeated introductions and/or escapes of individuals. Estimated Florida range: 3 counties Not reported breeding Statewide trend: Unknown status Threats to natives: Impact on native species unknown, but can transmit rabies and is potentially an important predator. Species Account: Releases of ferrets kept as pets account for many of the sightings of this animal. No reported breeding in the wild. Accidentally and intentionally released pets are probably present on occasion throughout the state, especially near urban areas.