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Old 04-19-2006   #1
 
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OT: White weasel / ferret???

I was up in the mountains this weekend and I saw an animal that looked like a white ferret with a black tip on his tail. He was checking us out while we were chilling in a hot tub in hot sulfur springs. Does anyone know what the name of this animal is? I saw that there is a long tailed weasel on the rocky mountian national park page (brownish). Is is the same guy that turns white in the winter?

I have only seen one other, and that was at vail. I was on the lift and I saw it run across open terrain, and then jump in the air and dive in the snow. Awesome little guys.

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That was most likely the long tailed weasel. There is also a short tailed weasel in the Rockies and both turn white in winter. They are however not ferrets. There is a black footed ferret that lives in the region also but they do not turn white.
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Are you talkin about a Pine Martin (marten sp??)
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What you saw was an ermine, a variety of weasel. They turn white in the winter and are brown in the summer. Both ferrets and pine martens are considerably larger.
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I think pine martins a bit bigger than the wee...zil. Are there mink around here? I mean, besides dead and on the back of some rich bitch in (insert name of uppity resort town here).
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yep it was an Ermine, I used to take snowmobile tours on vail mountain and its about the only wildlife on the mountain in the winter, so people would get pretty giddy about seeing one on tour.

Its really a short tail weasel with a cool name

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Wildlife...als/Weasel.htm

more info and picture of it

www.blueplanetbiomes.org/ermine.htm

Cute little guys...
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Jackal, Jackal, is it a jackal, it's a jackal.
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That is a snow cat.
According to the signs they are very dangerous and skiers should beware of them.
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thanks for the info and pictures. The picture of the white ermine is exactly what I saw.
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