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From: "Chris Lloyd"
Date: 2006-07-27 19:48:50 UTC
Subject: RE: [ferrethealth] RE: swimming and ferrets; bone density and mustelids
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> To me this makes me wonder if one study that I recall which suggested
that high amphibian and some other aquatic life such as fresh water fish
content in the polecat diet in some regions were there due to reductions
in other prey may not be right. Perhaps there is an ancestral history
for them being a decent portion of a more natural diet when available, <

I think they are opportunist feeders depending on where they are living
and just taking the easiest pray. Mainly rabbits in the wilds of
Scotland/Wales with rats/mice around farm buildings and in the warmer
south of the UK. France has a lot more open countryside than the UK but
is hotter in summer with fewer rabbits, the polecats keep to the wetter
areas and dine on the frogs, fish and insects. I don't know what the
Step Polecat lives on but would think it would be small things like mice
and ground squirrels. Chris.

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