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How to Catch a Weasel

By Flora Richards-Gustafson | Updated November 01, 2017

The wild animal - a marten (it is photographed in bondage) image by Sergey Galushko from Fotolia.com

Items you will need

  • Bait

  • Weasel box

Weasels are long, slender mammals with short legs that are part of the Mustelidae family. Their fur is red, brown and/or white. These small animals are carnivorous predators that have the reputation for being smart and sly. Weasels give farmers much trouble because they often steal chicken from coops. A farmer may take measures against allowing a weasel enter a chicken coop by blocking entrances that are larger than an inch in size, but sometimes catching a weasel is the best answer.

Track the weasel. If there is soft ground in the area where a weasel lurks, look for footprints around animal enclosures, especially where you think a weasel is entering or exiting. HowtoGetRid.org states weasels have five toes, but you may only see two impressions of toes above a paw pad in the tracks they leave. Either you can track weasels to the burrows they live, which may be difficult, or you can locate the areas they frequent the most on your property.

Bait a trap. The best way to lure a weasel to a trap it with bait. United Wildlife Control states weasels are attracted to fresh, bloody meat, which they can smell from far away. Poultry Keeper states they best type of meat to use is the kind the weasels are after on your property. For example, if a weasel has attacked your chickens, use fresh chicken as bait.

Catch the weasel. Weasels do not have a preferred hunting time, according to HowtoGetRid.org. Therefore, you should notice the times of day the weasel preys upon your animals and set some bait in a weasel box in the area a weasel would most likely appear before that time. United Wildlife Control suggests setting traps underneath outbuildings or fences, in brush piles or along walls. Protect the trap from other wild animals by covering it with wooden boards or tree branches.

Photo Credits

  • The wild animal - a marten (it is photographed in bondage) image by Sergey Galushko from Fotolia.com


Flora Richards-Gustafson has been writing professionally since 2003. She creates copy for websites, marketing materials and printed publications. Richards-Gustafson specializes in SEO and writing about small-business strategies, health and beauty, interior design, emergency preparedness and education. Richards-Gustafson received a Bachelor of Arts from George Fox University in 2003 and was recognized by Cambridge's "Who's Who" in 2009 as a leading woman entrepreneur.