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     THE WEASEL FAMILY (Mustelidae family)


Wolverines, badgers, mink, fisher, marten, ferrets and otters are all members of the weasel family. Somewhere along the line the name weasel became synonomous with a shifty, untrustworthy person. To "weasel out of something" is to try to use devious means to avoid a commitment. These seam inappropriate for an animal who is shy of humans, intelligent, independent and curious.


Question; are skunks part of the weasel family?? Answer below.
 

 

Badger (Taxidea taxus)
Pigeon toed and short legged badgers are great diggers which is how they find a lot of their food. Undergournd mammals beware!


 BADGER


Mink (Mustela vision)
These habitate wetland areas. Look for a shiny black coat. You are much more likely to see mink around the collar of a person than in the wild

MINK



Marten (Martes Americana)
These are the most visible in the Rockies, although you will need to keep a very sharp eye. Distinguished by the orange throat stripe

MARTEN



Wolverine (Gulo gulo)
These have a high arched back and very large territories. Isolated and rare animal. Extremely large territories and they are constantly on the move.

MORE ON WOLVERINES

Wolverine


River Otter (Lontra Canadensis)
This is a wetland creature found near marshes, streams and sloughs

RIVER OTTER
  

If you are fortunate enough to see a member of the weasel family then go buy a lottery ticket. You have been extremely lucky to see an animal who does not want to be within 20 miles of you!

Answer to question above;
Skunks are part of the skunk family which is a distant relative to the weasel family!

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