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Wildlife Photography


I was spending time at a talus covered slope, with hopes of getting a glimpse of an American pika. It was early winter and the snow was only two feet deep.  This short-tailed Weasel (Mustela erminea)  made an appearance, showing off the black “pom pom” at the end of its tail.  It has a high metabolism and needs to eat often.  This weasel killed a flying squirrel and stashed it in a hole.  Over the course of 3 months, it had been seen preying on a variety of small mammals and birds, voles and pika.  It climbs trees and hunts under snow in winter.   A solitary pika did make an appearance high on the talus slope later in the day.




The stoat (Mustela erminea) or short-tailed weasel, is a mammal of the genus Mustela of the family Mustelidae.  

Weasel Winter

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