Active in daytime, moving along creek line
Caught in trap
Tracks on the edge of a forest.
White winter coat with black tipped tail
Was running around in the riverbed area of the Woolshed creek carpark.
Saw a stoat running across access track around 2pm - it was a mid-brown colour with white undersides and somewhat darker tail and an estimated c.300mm long, nose to end of tail.
Fresh kill just removed from trap.
Dead in the middle of the track. Had clearly been dead for a while (it was crisp) but didn't appear to have been partly eaten. No idea about cause of death.
This small animal scurried across my trail about 40 feet in front of me. It was 8-10" long, creamy white, except for black margins along the tail. It disappeared into the underbrush too quickly for a picture, but I think these were its tracks.
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...