A family of weasels can be observed near the caretaker site in the alkali meadow and in the parking area at the oaks preserve. These creatures are a delight to watch as they jump and play in the tall grass. They have poor daytime vision and if you are very still and quiet, they won't know you are watching them. But you must not let them hear you giggle when you see them perform their comical acrobatics.
Weasels are lithe, slender animals with elongated necks,
muscular, snakelike bodies, and short legs. They vary from 5 to 16 inches
in length, and the male is larger than the female. Their heads are small
and triangular with narrowed snouts. Nearly all weasels are brownish-red
above and lighter beneath.
These photographs were taken on Sunday, March 11th, 2001 by former Four Creeks Vice-President, Richard Webb. He often visits the oaks preserve with his grandson. Richard can entertain the youngster with all the fun things that happen out there... there is always something exciting going on.
That would be a typical way one might be struck given
The body of the dead one was still flexible. Therefore,
it must have been killed
We have seen weasels about 5 out of the last 6 times we
have been at KOP.
Thanks, Richard for sharing your experience with us.
The weasel, which preys on mice, rats, birds, and rabbits, is largely nocturnal. Extremely agile, it attacks animals larger than itself. Although sometimes a serious threat to poultry, it also feeds on rodents around farms. When young, the weasel can be tamed. The female makes a nest of straw, leaves, and moss in a ground crevice or a hollow tree. A litter has two to twelve young.
Weasels belong to the family Mustelidae and make up the genus Mustela.
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