Notes on British Polecats and Ferrets


  • *Published posthumously


  • 1Examples of Polecats, Polecat-Ferrets, Ferrets and hybrids have been examined, and details of skulls and teeth are given.
  • 2It is considered that Ferrets may have skulls with an unconstricted waist, but that they will have smaller carnassials than wild Polecats.
  • 3Ferrets may be as large as the largest Polecat.
  • 4It is suggested that, in view of the distinctions between the Scottish and Welsh Polecats, both of which, like Ferrets, incline more to the P. putorius than P. eversmanni type of skull, Ferrets in this country have had a dual origin, the present strain being a mixture of the two.