The MFE stoat trapping programme began in 2001. Currently 150 traps monitored, and to date over 650 mustelids trapped.
Ralston Peak trail, El Dorado Nat Forest
White stoat. Have caught some more since, and a white weasel. Nina Valley.
Caught in DoC200 trap
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...