I just read your description of weasels, their habitat, diet,
hunting habits, etc., and I have an interesting question for you.
(You showed up on page 1 of a Yahoo! search on "weasel")
Our cat recently killed (but didn't mangle) a small mammal of
the weasel family (it looks in profile exactly like a weasel or mink
but is smaller). We would like for my wife, a teacher, to be able
to use this little critter (it is dead, but i have it frozen) in a
lesson, but I would like to positively identify it. Any information
or leads you could provide would be greatly appreciated!
We live along a creek, surrounded by agricultural property in central
Indiana. There is a greenway along the creek (wooded). The body
length of the animal is about 6", the tail adds 2-3" more. It is
brown above and a cream-color below. The cat brought it in on about
December 12. The tail seems uniformly brown, the fur is short and
is not "fluffy" (not squirrel-like). If further description would
help you make an ID, please let me know. Thanks for your time.
This sounds like it could be a least weasel, the least common of the three
weasels in North America, but does range to central Indiana.
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