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post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-25-2019, 06:42 AM
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I'm not in PA but I'm 3 miles from the PA border. Back in the 70's and early 80's we had a very healthy population of weasels. Didn't trap them hard but usually caught a dozen or so a year. Thick brushy sections near water were real producers. Move forward to today... haven't seen a weasel track in years even in the best locations. Predators? Birds of prey? Less snow so the white weasels don't blend in? I have no idea why they are gone.

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post #12 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-27-2019, 11:56 AM
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mckean county seems to have quite a few, whenever i find a bridge with lots of rocks I end up getting one. those 2 were both from last year
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Are you using 110s in the boxes?I have only ever seen one white one here while I was deer hunting,all the rest have been brown.
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Are you using 110s in the boxes?I have only ever seen one white one here while I was deer hunting,all the rest have been brown.
rat traps. they usually go in head first and find them all dead. the one with the head sticking out im not sure what happened there but had to drown it. there are atleast 3 different kinds of weasels in PA one kind doesnt turn white. and then long white ones and shorter white ones
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That’s awesome what did you bait with

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Not sure what went by camera....color looks like weasel. Size looks like mink. Nowhere near water.

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Any way to tel between weasel tracks and red squirrel ? Haha
Weasels have gone the way of the muskrat and wild pheasant, few and far between. Weasel tracks are different than squirrels, the feet are different and the pattern is different. A common weasel pattern shows only 2 footprints as the front and rear go in the same tracks. About 39 years ago near my house after I moved here, I found a least weasel playing hide and seek with me just a few feet away in holes in a log, very cute and bold. There are still least weasel tracks there but I won't trap them. Not every year in other areas along the creek I'll find an occasional long tail track.
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Another view. If going by color, I’d say weasel. But night pictures can be deceiving.
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Any way to tel between weasel tracks and red squirrel ? Haha
Weasels have gone the way of the muskrat and wild pheasant, few and far between. Weasel tracks are different than squirrels, the feet are different and the pattern is different. A common weasel pattern shows only 2 footprints as the front and rear go in the same tracks. About 39 years ago near my house after I moved here, I found a least weasel playing hide and seek with me just a few feet away in holes in a log, very cute and bold. There are still least weasel tracks there but I won't trap them. Not every year in other areas along the creek I'll find an occasional long tail track.
Very cool thanks for sharing. That was good to see some tracks, funny you bring up muskrat too, as it’s very few here l. Must be a state wide thing. Raptors primarily is what I’m blaming it on for the loss of rats, weasels, SS hares, pheasants. But I’m no biologist so it’s only subjective. What did you catch your weasels on ?

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Another view. If going by color, I’d say weasel. But night pictures can be deceiving.
If heard of mink going a long ways away during the mating season from water. Big bodied for a weasel but cool pic !

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