The short-tailed weasel (also known as a stoat or ermine) is a small and voracious predator that will take on prey much larger than itself. It is what is known as a circumpolar species, meaning it is found all around the arctic circle and tends to be found in colder climates. In the United States, it is generally found in the northernmost states, especially in the Cascade and Rocky Mountain ranges. It is commonly found across most of Canada (except the prairies) where it prefers varied habitats in forests, tundra, mountains, wetlands and anywhere varying habitat types converge. This one was found outside of its den in in southern Alberta, Canada.
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