The response of prey to Stoat (Mustela erminea) scent
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 202, Issue 3, pages 419–423, March 1984
How to Cite
Gorman, M. L. (1984), The response of prey to Stoat (Mustela erminea) scent. Journal of Zoology, 202: 419–423. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1984.tb05092.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 21 July 1983
Microtus agrestis and Orcadian Microtus arvalis avoid stoat scent and show a reduction in activity when surrounded by it. Such responses probably are adaptive and decrease the chances of an individual suffering predation. Since M. arvalis has been isolated from stoats on Orkney for several millenia the response is innate.
For reasons unknown Apodemus sylvaticus does not respond to stoat scent.