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adirondack-jim

Weasel weekend...

A good friend recently retired and can now spend time on all sorts of useless endeavors.  I mentioned the incidental weasels picked up in fishers sets and decided he needed to run a weasel line. He made up a dozen weasel boxes out of materials on hand and told him a friend had just dropped off some empty wine boxes that I thought would make for good material.  So, off to a weasel weekend of making boxes and checking his sets.

Friday was a bit chilly on the ride over...





A local club asked him to help out with the overrun of fox and coyote so he made some sets the day before that we went to check. Unfortunately, the storm over Thursday evening put everything out of commission.







Coyotes jumping the 4.5' fence like it wasn't even there...



Then on to Chateau Clerc Milon weasel boxes...





The champions of deer mouse trapping...



Bingo!...





Not exactly a money making deal when you need a $6,000 Polaris to run your weasel line...



A great visit with a friend and some good winter exercise.
Grandma Bodger

fascinating reading thank you
Woodsmoke

They look very much like what we call 'Stoats' here................we've got several distinct mustelid species: stoats, weasels, badgers, mink (introduced after farmed mink were released.......& they're an absolute menace to fish & young birds now), otters, polecats & pinemartins.

Weasels here are smaller than the stoat, & don't change colour during winter. Outwith the winter months, the best way to tell them apart is that the stoat has a black tip to its tail
adirondack-jim

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Weasels here are smaller than the stoat, & don't change colour during winter


The one in the picture is an ermine and is also called a "short-tailed" weasel (Mustela erminea).  I was thinking that was similar to your stoat.

The other one we have locally is a "long-tailed" weasel which are normally significantly larger  (Mustela frenata).  Maybe that one is similar to your stoat?

Both of these have a black tipped tail.  We seem to find many more short-tailed than long-tailed locally.
Jonty

Great pictures!! What's the technique with the boxes Jim?  Are they baited or just set in weasel runs?

thanks...
Woodsmoke

adirondack-jim wrote:
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Weasels here are smaller than the stoat, & don't change colour during winter


The one in the picture is an ermine and is also called a "short-tailed" weasel (Mustela erminea).  I was thinking that was similar to your stoat


Yep! Same species exactly mate

Our weasel is Mustela nivalis..............lot's smaller than the stoat, but the two have very similar habits, although they tend to stay out of each others way. The stoat will have two litters a year though, whereas the weasel only has one.

They're both game wee beasts though! I've watched stoats take full-grown rabbits before, & actually carry them off! It's quite amazing to watch as the size difference is immense...............
adirondack-jim

Woodsmoke, thanks for the info.

Jonty, the boxes are baited with venison scraps and the large wooden snap-type rat traps that have a large yellow plastic trip pan.
Diz

When the Stoat changes its Brown for White fur and a black tail tip, we call it 'in Ermine'. Much prized by Furriers. Its most famous use would be the trim around Judges red coats and Royalty ceremonial cloaks.

Slainte

Diz

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