Beasts Begone! Appendix A: Animal Identification
Predatory mammals with long slender bodies, short legs, and rounded ears. Depending on species, weight ranges from 2 1/2 oz. to 12 oz. In summer, fur is brown above and white below. In winter, the fur is all white. In two larger species, the tail is black tipped year round. Occasional invaders of basements, wall voids, and human living spaces. May be hunting rodents.
Physical cover (vegetation, piles of firewood or debris, openings underneath decks and additions) can facilitate access.
Usually openings around foundation.
Gnaw Marks and Food Remains
Food caches (mouse carcasses)
Dark, long, and slender; containing fur/bones/feathers.
Length: 1/4 to 1/2 inch
Back and sides of animal: light brown.
Belly: white with yellowish cast.
Tail: varies brown to black.
Back and sides, belly: white; may have yellowish cast.
Tail: some hairs may be dark.