Rare, Species of Conservation Concern
Long-tailed weasels are small but mighty and could even be described as quick-change agents. In summer, adults are usually dark brown with yellowish white fur underneath, a white chin, and a black-tipped tail. By the winter, their coat is much paler. In fact, in northern Missouri sometimes their coat turns all white, except for the black-tipped tail. Weasels live in a variety of habitats but prefer woodlands, brushy fencerows and thickets along water.
Once harvested for their fur, long-tailed weasels are no longer legal to trap in the Show-Me State. In addition, farmers used to kill weasels for destroying their chickens. But the species as a whole causes little economic loss to the poultry industry.
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