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Species Spotlight

Long-tailed Weasel (Mustela frenata)

A long-tailed weasel was sighted and photographed in December at Severson Dells Forest Preserve. These cute rodents are common in Winnebago County natural areas.

The long tailed weasel is a deadly and aggressive hunter with a voracious carnivorous diet. Moreover the long and slender body structure of this animal easily allows it to slip into rodent burrows and tunnels in search of prey. It is not unusual for these weasels to burrow under deep snow in order to hunt its prey. Their diet chiefly comprises of mice, rats, chipmunks, squirrels, moles, shrews, gophers, moles and rabbits.