Finally caught the culprit

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Valley quail breeder, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. Valley quail breeder

    Valley quail breeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lost alot of chickens past few days so I decided to set a trap and finally caught it. Can anyone help me determine what this is?



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  2. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

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    Looks like a weasel to me.
     
  3. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a member of the weasel family - if you are near water, might even be a mink but I have never seen them other than in pictures.
     
  4. ambrosia

    ambrosia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That my dear is a river otter.... just so you know [​IMG]
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    It does look like a river otter! We see them on rare occasion here too. I hope you let it go without harm.....its illegal to mess with them in my neck of the woods.

    Edited to add:after checking out the pic again, it kind of looks like a mink too. River otters have long tails and are alot bigger than a weasle
     
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  6. DinosRBirds

    DinosRBirds Hunted by Moonlight

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    I agree. It looks like an otter.
     
  7. ambrosia

    ambrosia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mink have more of an ear ...... we have both up here in northern MN and I have even raised a mink from infancy... here's a picture for comparison...

    [​IMG] this is a mink....
     
  8. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how large is your trap? it looks like a mink to me

    your trap is only 7" X 7" X 24" ?
     
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  9. GreatPyrLover

    GreatPyrLover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh wow...I am in Orange Cty NC and didnt realize we had them...he sure is pretty...reminds me of my ferret but I surely dont want it after my birds!!!!! How was it getting your birds, were they free ranging or was he getting in the coop? Just want to make sure my coop is secure enough!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I doubt it is a river otter--nose isn't big enough and they really don't prey on birds out of water--they prefer fish and mollusks. I suspect, without a good idea of size, that it is a mink--nose is right and the foot I see isn't webbed. Could also be a summer colored weasel.
     

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