Appearance: The least weasel is the smallest living carnivore. Rarely seen, they have a long body, short tail and legs, and a flat and narrow head. Their fur ranges from ginger to dark brown on top, with a cream or white underside. During the winter, northern and eastern least weasels turn white, while southern populations maintain their brown coloring. They typcially are 6.5 to 8 inches long.
Range: The least weasel lives mostly in Alaska and northern Canada south to Wyoming and North Carolina. Weasels will live in open forests, farmlands, meadows, prairies, steppe, semi-deserts and tundra. Some will even have several temporary dens, including abandoned burrows of other small mammals, scattered throughout its two-acre hunting territory.
Diet: Least weasels will eat meadow voles, shrews, birds, eggs and insects. They can run up to six mph and are small enough to chase mice inside their burrows. To kill their prey, the weasel will pounce on it, wrap its legs around the prey and kill it with a swift bite at the base of the skull. They will hunt day or night and often stand on its hind feet to look for prey.
Mostly the least weasel was wild born and brought in as a rehab animal in spring 2016. The little girl of the family who found her kept asking, “She’s going to be mostly okay, right?” That’s where Mostly got her name from, and she is pound for pound the most ferocious creature at the Nature Center!