Controlling nuisance weasels in Missouri (2016)
Two species of weasels occur in Missouri. Long-tailed weasels (Mustela frenata) are found throughout Missouri but are seldom seen. The smaller least weasel (Mustela nivalis) is found only in northern areas of the state. The upper parts of these animals are yellowish to dark brown; under parts, white with a yellow tint. In winter, the coat of weasels in northern portions of the state is usually white except for a black tip on the tail. The fur is known as ermine. Weasels are in the family Mustelidae, which also includes mink, skunks, badgers and river otters. Mink (Mustela vison) occur statewide but are a semi-aquatic species mainly found in wetlands. Although weasels and mink seldom cause damage, both species may kill poultry or other domestic fowl. Missouri allows trapping during a designated season.
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