Endangered Species: Least Weasel

A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by Dustin
Christiansburg Elementary School, Christiansburg, U.S.A.

Least Weasel

Photography courtesy of Virginia's Endangered Species

Why Study This Topic? What Was Already Known Search for Information Description of Plant or Animal Habitat Requirements
Adaptations Reasons for Endangerment Restoration Actions What Was Learned Conclusions from Research

Why Study This Topic?

  I choose to research the weasel, because it has always looked like an interesting animal to learn about. I have always wondered what kind of lifestyles the weasel had, and I was very anxious to find out where they lived. I also wanted to find out if the weasel is dangerous to me at all, and if it lives anywhere near me. I have also heard some weird things about weasels, and I wanted to find out if any of them were true. Most of all, I wanted to learn more about pest of Virginia and see how they could live near me.
 

What Was Already Known

  I never studied the weasel, so I did not know much about it. But I know some of the basic facts. I knew that weasels were small furry creatures with pointed teeth that are very sharp. I also knew that the weasel had about 15 different species. I also knew that the weasel had some close relatives such as the marten, skunk. fisher, wolverine, polecat, and the badger. The weasel is also very close to ferrets. If you add up all of the weasel species and the weasel relatives it adds up to over 70 species.

Search for Information

  At first, I started having a bit of trouble finding information on the weasel. I got on the Internet and looked there first, but the Internet only had a little bit of information on the weasel . After that, I looked on an encyclopedia Cd Rom, and I found a little bit more information. I found most of my information in books and encyclopedias. One of my other main sources was what I already knew. After all of that, I had plenty of information, and I was ready to start my report.

Description

  The weasel is a small animal with a very slender body, and its fur coat is a brown color. The weasel also has some white spots on its fur coat, and it also has very sharp teeth. The weasels small body allows it to move very quickly and to hide away in small places. Its brown coat helps it blend in with its surroundings. The weasel has a body shaped like tiger so that helps it run faster too. I would describe the weasel as a small animal with brown fur and sharp teeth and a slender body

Habitat Requirements

  The weasel eats birds, eggs, and small rabbits. The weasel is also prey to lots of other animals such as hawks, owls, foxes, cats, and mink. These animals have been known to eat weasels. Most weasels take shelter in burrows, rock crevices, or among tree roots. Some weasels travel in numbers, and they form "gangs".

The weasel needs water with plenty of food. To make sure that weasels get plenty of food they hunt many times a day. The weasel usually travel alone, and they live there life without ever coming in contact with another weasel. Weasels also abandon their parents when they are old enough to hunt by their self. The weasel also needs lots of space to grow into. They are very self-centered.
 

Adaptations

  The weasel is a known predator to many animals such as birds, eggs, and small rabbits. The weasel is also prey to many animals such as hawks, owls, foxes, cats, and mink. All of these animals have been known to eat the weasel. The weasel also has good characteristics and ability. The weasel is small, so it allows him to run very fast and hide in tiny crevices and holes to get away from predators. The weasel is also brown, so he blends in with the wilderness. Since the weasel is fast, it can catch fast prey and run from fast predators.

Reasons for Endangerment

  The weasel is endangered because of pollution by humans. People have destroyed their habitat by littering it with trash. Humans are also destroying their home with our waste. They are also endangered because of all of the predators in the wilderness ready to kill them. Not only does pollution run them from their habitats and kill them, but predators can run them away from their habitat and kill them. The main reason why the weasel is endangered is because of all of the pollution by humans. People are completely destroying their habitat for no reason.

Restoration Actions

  Conservations have tried to save the weasel by making laws that make it illegal to kill a weasel. They are also trying to save the weasel by cleaning up their habitat and trying not to pollute anymore. The hard thing is cleaning up pollution, because it is so hard to clean up pollution once you pollute. This is why people should not have polluted in the first place. The only way that people will ever get the weasel habitat clean again is if they keep on trying to clean it up, even though it is so hard to clean. If we keep on cleaning and not pollute people might fulfill this dream.

What Was Learned

  I learned that the weasel is a small slender animal with a brown fur coat. I learned more about the weasel, its importance, and why people should try to save them.I learned all of the basic facts and some of their lifestyle.I learned how important the weasel is to our enviroment and why we should save their habitat so that they will not be endangered anymore. I have also learned the importance of other animals to our enviroment. Most importantly, I have learned what animals are endangered and why we should not kill these innocent animals.

Conclusions From Research

  I am very aware of why the weasel is endangered. The weasel is mainly endangered because of polluting. The pollution that we are putting out is destroying our forest and the weasel habitat. If there is a plastic bag in a field, a weasel might mistake it for a rabbit and get the bag stuck in his throat. It is all of our fault that these animals are becoming endangered and extinct. If we keep on polluting there will be no more animals in Virginia and soon enough it will kill us. This is why we need to stop polluting and try to clean up the damage that we have already done.

Bibliography

  Terwilliger, Karen.1991. "Virginia's Endangered Species" Pages: 598-599
Internet http://info.abdn.ac.uk/~nhi600/mammsoc/wea.html

 Mammals CD-Rom for Macintosh

 Children's Britannica Vol. 19, p 5.


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