"up to the ratchek hut"
Now up to Stoat no.4
Stoat 2: Went to check trap with my dad and found another stoat.
We have spotted 2 more stoat's.
They seem to like bacon.
I put it in the tree so the dogs don't eat them.
Reported by John Collen to Urban Ecology team at WCC - first one observed by John. Stoat behaviour; attempting to cross traffic from east to west, turning back into downhill bush when halfway across road.
Stoat 1: Caught in my trap yesterday and 2 big rats last week. This is part of my pest eradication project to save native birds.
Found dead on road. Moved it into our woods to avoid attracting more critters onto the road. Disappeared within 12 hours. Hopefully our local fox got it and not one of the neighborhood house cats.
Found in the late afternoon on the side of the road along the Moose River.
Heard a rustling in bush beside the track, then a large stoat appeared from a flax clump and sauntered through long grass towards the track. When it realised I was beside the track it stood up on its hind legs like a meer cat and we eyeballed each other for a few seconds. I lifted my camera to take a photo, but the stoat raced back into the flax. We were about 1.5m from each other!
There was a bait station about 15m west of the stoat location. I've advised the park rangers of the sighting. Would be a good place to put a trap. This track runs alongside a huge wetland which is home to bitterns and fernbirds.
Photo shows location of stoat sighting.
The stoat (Mustela erminea), also known as the short-tailed weasel, is a species of Mustelidae native to Eurasia and North America, distinguished from the least weasel by its larger size and longer tail with a prominent black tip. The name ermine is often, but not always, used for the animal in its pure white winter coat, or the fur thereof. In the late 19th century, stoats were introduced into New Zealand to control rabbits. The stoats...