Short-tailed Weasels are not commonly seen because they are mostly active at night and live in areas that have heavy cover.   They are also known as Ermines or Stoats.     


Don't let the cuteness fool you. These little weasels are fierce predators and will even take on prey larger than themselves. They prey mostly on small mammals such as rabbits, mice, chipmunks, shrews and ground squirrels. When these food items are scarce, they will feed on eggs, birds, fish and frogs.  

Short-tailed weasels change the colour of their coats seasonally. In the summer, their backs are brown, their undersides are white and their tails sport a black tip. In the winter, they are completely white except for their black tipped tail.