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stoat

(stōt), European name for the short-tailed weaselweasel,
name for certain small, lithe, carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae (weasel family). Members of this family are generally characterized by long bodies and necks, short legs, small rounded ears, and medium to long tails.
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, Mustela erminea, also called ermineermine,
name for a number of northern species of weasel having white coats in winter, and highly prized for their white fur. It most commonly refers to the white phase of Mustela erminea, called short-tailed weasel in North America and stoat in the Old World.
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 when in its white winter phase.

stoat

a small Eurasian musteline mammal, Mustela erminea, closely related to the weasels, having a brown coat and a black-tipped tail: in the northern parts of its range it has a white winter coat and is then known as an ermine
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Short-tailed weasels most frequently used rest sites for a single day in the wet season (n = 186), but occasionally stayed in the same rest site for multiple consecutive days (two days, n = 42; three days, n = 6; four days, n = 1).
Sex and cover type appeared to influence space use by short-tailed weasels. Cover type appeared to dictate female home range placement: females had small home ranges composed primarily of cover types not dominated by conifer forest (grass conifer, fields).
Strong selection for early stage forest, particularly by females, and relatively small home ranges in that cover type suggest that the short-tailed weasels in our study probably reach their highest densities in early stage forest, similar to observations by Simms (1979b).
Summer and fall use of logging residue piles by female short-tailed weasels.--USDA For.
Habitat associations of short-tailed weasels in winter.--Northwest Sci.
Results of weighted compositional analysis of habitat selection by short-tailed weasels (18 M, 7 F) on the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest, Benton County, OR, USA, June 2012 -- January 2013.