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Mens en Milieu

  • Dut: fret(bunzing)
  • Eng: (feral)ferret (ferret-polecat†(x: polecat-ferret))
  • Fren: le furet
  • Ger: das Frettchen
  • Lat: Mustela furo (x: Mustela putorius)
Ferret-polecat, Ecomare


The ferret, a popular house pet,†is a domesticated descendant of the polecat. Cross-breeding of ferrets with its wild ancestor produced the ferret-polecat. This hybrid is often used for hunting rabbits. Sometimes they escape during a hunt and are able to survive well in the wild. The ferret-polecats which have escaped from captivity usually live in rabbit holes. They will eat all kinds of small animals and eggs. Sometimes, they build up a food supply of live frogs which they bite in the neck to paralyze. Chickens and rabbit cages are also favorite foraging grounds for the ferret.

  • Combatted

    The ferel ferret-polecat is an unpopular chicken thief, a competitor for other weasel species and a threat for birds that nest on the ground. In areas where they are a nuisance, the escaped animals are caught with the help of cages and bait and then killed.

  • Wadden Islands

    Ferret-polecats are only found on Texel and Ameland.