British wildlife recordings

Mustela putorius : Polecat - Mustelidaelecat

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:00:33

  • Shelf mark

    W1CDR0001420 BD17

  • Subjects

    Mammals

  • Recording date

    1960s

  • Recording locations

    OS Grid Reference(284500,90500)

  • Recordist

    Shove, Lawrence

  • Species

    Polecat, Mustela putorius

  • Description

    This is one of two recordings of two male polecats calling. A close relative of the domestic ferret, polecats are now restricted to woodland, farmland and wetland areas of Wales. Their desirable pelts and reputation as a pest led to this mammal being hunted almost to extinction. These dark brown animals possess white markings across the muzzle and ears and are mainly seen at night when they emerge from the dens to hunt. Being carnivorous, polecats prefer small mammals, birds and reptiles although they will take other creatures they encounter. Typical vocalisations include chattering, barks, squeals and hisses.

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