Polecat and Ferret

Mustela putorius and Mustela furo

The polecat (Mustela putorius) had been persecuted to extinction in Scotland by the early 20th century.

Polecat populations derived from released animals exist in Argyll and Perthshire and possibly elsewhere, but true polecats are among Scotland’s rarest mammals.

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As ferrets are widely kept in captivity, a high number of animals escape to the wild each year. It is thus tricky to verify where self-sustaining feral, and truly wild populations exist.

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Where to see

As ferrets are widely kept in captivity, a high number of animals escape to the wild each year. It is thus tricky to verify where self-sustaining feral, and truly wild populations exist.

Map Icon Blue
Where to see

As ferrets are widely kept in captivity, a high number of animals escape to the wild each year. It is thus tricky to verify where self-sustaining feral, and truly wild populations exist.