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Recovery Strategy for the Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes) in Canada

3. Glossary

Carrying capacity
The maximum theoretical population that an area will support without deterioration.

Fecundity
The potential reproductive capacity of an organism or population, measured by the number of gametes (eggs), seed set or asexual propagules.

Kit
The young of a ferret.

Morbidity
The rate of incidence or prevalence of a disease.

Vector
An organism, such as a mosquito or tick that carries disease-causing microorganisms from one host to another.