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Badgers Weasels Skunks and Otters: Mustelidae

Mustelids And People

Mustelids are hunted by humans for their fur. Ferrets are kept as pets, while otters are kept in zoo exhibits. Some are considered pests for spraying musk and for digging up lawns and golf courses. Others carry diseases.


The weasel is known for its dance of death, actually a ploy to catch prey. The weasel stands in full view of a potential audience. It dances, spins, does somersaults, and jumps up and down. Curious onlookers, including rabbits and birds, watch transfixed. Some may draw closer for a better look. The weasel then suddenly stops dancing, rushes the closest spectator, and puts a killing bite on its neck.

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