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SingSong Donating Member (119 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-29-03 11:37 PM
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49. Weasels aren't all bad

Predators and defense: Weasels have few natural enemies of significance except possibly the horned owl and marten. Both species are apparently agile enough to occasionally catch weasels. Hawks, foxes, coyotes, and lynx also kill weasels, but such occurrences are rare.

Speed, ferocity, and the ability to fit into tight spaces help the weasel to cope with these larger predators. A weasel's annual color changes also provide natural camouflage. The weasel benefits both as the hunter and as the hunted. In winter, a potential predator may only see the black tip of the tail moving against the white snow. If the predator strikes at this black spot, it will miss the weasel's body. As a last resort, weasels can emit an odor which is as pungent as that of a striped skunk.

Weasels are persistent and fearless hunters. They will boldly confront animals much larger than themselves. They've been known to attack humans who come between them and their food. A severe winter with insufficient food is doubtless their worst enemy.
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