How To Catch, Tame, And How To Feed A Wild Ferret
Wild ferret is a real predator among small animals. In agriculture, this fast and flexible animal is considered a pest, as it often carries chickens and eggs. Catching such an animal is not so easy.
Ferrets have an extraordinary mind and physical ability. A predator can easily smell the human smell on a trap. If the goal of capture is the taming of a ferret, then the task is complicated by the choice of a trap safe for the animal. Also, wild ferrets even less than five years old will never become the same pets as ferrets.
Wild ferret description
Before you catch a ferret, you should determine the breed. The body size of these predators depends on the species, therefore, before preparing a trap, you need to make sure the ferret breed is correctly identified.
Many people mistakenly call ferrets all species of marten, but this family, except ferrets, also includes stoats and weasels. But these breeds are easily distinguished from each other by looking at the photos in the atlas of animals.
There are several breeds of wild ferrets that are ubiquitous:
- Steppe Ferret. The largest species among the other breeds: the body length of the male can reach 60 cm, and weight – 0.5 kg. The color of the steppe ferrets is mainly brown, with dark tan marks on the stomach and paws. Animals settle in the field.
- Forest Ferret. This type of predator is considered the most popular in Eurasia. Forest ferrets are slightly smaller than the steppe counterparts; their color is quite variegated. The coat is predominantly brown, with a blackout towards the stomach and paws. The hair on the face is white. For animals, a peculiar black mask is characteristic, by which a predator can be easily recognized in the photo.
- Blackfoot Ferret. This animal lives on the American continent. Because of the hunt, the population of black-footed ferrets has seriously decreased, so the animal is listed in the Red Book. Today it is rarely seen in the wild, it is forbidden to catch these predators.
If the breed of the animal cannot be established, one should proceed from the standard sizes of the largest animal species. The ferret’s special behavior is the struggle for territory. These predators greatly value their hole and rarely change their place of residence. The ferret also has a rather weak nervous system, so great care should be taken when catching: the animal may have a heart attack from stress.
A variety of ferret traps
Ferret traps also differ in their mechanism of action and are largely dependent on the ultimate goal of capture. Many of the proposed trap species are not suitable for taming a ferret. Such traps can seriously injure an animal.
Experienced farmers usually use methods that are aimed at the extermination of a predator. Ferrets along with foxes are considered pests in agriculture. They drag rabbits, geese and chickens, destroy chicks and eggs, so poultry farmers and rabbit breeders use traps with poisoned bait.
For hunters, first of all, animal fur is valuable, therefore their methods of capture often end in death for the ferret. For this, powerful traps are used that kill the predator almost immediately without causing harm to the coat.
Traps for the safe capture of animals
In addition to the trap itself, you will need a list of items to capture a wild predator:
- thick gloves;
- tarpaulin or camouflage clothing;
- meat as a bait;
- wormwood infusion.
Overalls are needed to protect against sharp teeth and claws of the animal. Ferrets always resist humans when they are captured and can bite through the skin. The bait is most often killed by mice or chicks, which feed predators.
These animals actively react to a strong smell of blood. Wormwood should be trapped in order to repel the human smell.