ENVIRONMENT YUKON






Least Weasel

Mustela nivalis

Order Carnivora
Family

Mustelidae

 

Least Weasel in summer coat

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Also known as: Weasel

Fast Facts

Distribution in Yukon
Length 25 cm Distribution of Least Weasel in Yukon
Weight 35 - 90 g
Lifespan 6 months - 2 years
Habitat
Predators Hawks, kestrels, owls, Coyotes, foxes, larger members of the weasel family

Conservation Status

Yukon S4S5 (Apparently Secure/Secure)
Global G5 (Secure)
Yukon population estimate: Not Determined, Uncommon

 

Description

Behaviour

Least Weasels are solitary except at breeding time and sometimes must travel many kilometers away from home range to secure a territory.  Females raise the young alone, and will sometimes bring a vole back to the nest to allow young weasels practice hunting by pouncing.

Diet

Mice, voles

Sights and sounds

Weasels track frontWeasel tracks hind

Tracks

Front: 1.3 x 1.5 cm        Hind: 1.5 x 1.8 cm

 

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