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How to Trap a Weasel or Ermine

by Larry Anderson
Many people trap weasels for their fur.

Many people trap weasels for their fur.

Short-tailed weasels, also known as ermines, are commonly trapped animals wherever they are found. Some people trap them, skin them and sell their fur, while other people trap them because they are nuisances. The latter often are farmers, who may lose chickens and other poultry to weasels, which sneak in under the cover of darkness and kill the birds. Weasels have voracious appetites and love meat, which people who trap them should keep in mind.

Select a wooden box that is about 6 inches wide and 12 inches long. A box without a top is best. Place it in likely areas, including near streams and in nearby areas with tall grass. If you are having weasel problems in your chicken coup, place the box near it.

Drill a hole 2 inches in diameter in one side of the box.

Hammer a nail into the other side of the box. The nail should be about halfway between the bottom and top of the box.

Push fresh, bloody meat onto the nail. Nearly any type of meat will do.

Set a size 0 or 1 leg-hold trap inside the box, just underneath the nail and bait. The idea is to have the weasel step on the trap pan as it tries to get to the meat.

Check your trap at least once each day.

Items you will need

  • Wood box
  • Drill
  • Leg-hold trap
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Meat

About the Author

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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