I know that area. It's really not that far from a few creeks. I would not rule out an otter. They are more common than most people realize. Perhaps the angle/light made the tail look bushy from a distance? > According to the website, it was either a Long-tailed Weasel or a Mink. > Minks, however, are primarily aquatic or live near water. If there was water > near that area, I didn't see it. For anyone at all familiar with Goochland, > it was crossing Fairground Road, near Broad Street, not long after you turn > on to Fairground from Broad. Does anyone know if there is a pond near there? > The animal wasn't in direct sunlight, but I didn't notice the light > coloring under the throat that seems easily visible on a Long-tailed Weasel, > and the LTW is not as heavy as a mink, and so wouldn't look as "bushy" - > especially not in the tail. It's also smaller than a mink. Minks are > generally darker, though they can be brown. If there is no nearby wetland, > perhaps it was an escaped mink? Anyone know of any mink farms in that area? > The overall size and shape was right for a mink, even if the habitat did not > appear to be. It couldn't have been anything BUT a Mink or Long-tailed > Weasel. As I've said, I've never seen one, but as it crossed the road, my > first thought was, "What the heck is THAT??" as it was so different in size > and shape form other animals I HAVE seen, and knew it was the right size and > shape for some sort of mustelid. Thoughts, anyone? > > Michael > > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Kathy Kreutzer" <k-kreutzer@xxxxxxxxxxx> > To: <va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2005 8:19 PM > Subject: [va-richmond-general] Re: unusual mammal in Goochland > > > > > > http://www.enature.com/partners/birdsandblooms/localguide/localguide_b b_ > > display.asp?zipcode=23832&neuter=&showType=5&shapeName=&curGroupID=5&c ur > > FamilyID=547 > > > > > > > > If you go to enature.com, enter your zip and look under mammals, there > > are photos - these were listed for Chesterfield (link above, but not > > sure it will work...)- could be likely suspects! > > Kathy Kreutzer > > Chesterfield > > > > > > Northern River Otter > > Lutra canadensis (Lontra canadensis) > > Dark brown above; paler belly. Throat often silver gray. Ears and eyes > > small. Prominent whitish whiskers. Long tail thick at base, gradually > > tapering to a point. Feet webbed. Male larger than female. 35-52" > > (889-1,313 mm); tail 11 7/8 -20" (300-507 mm). > > > > > > Long-tailed Weasel > > Mustela frenata > > Brown above; white to yellow below. Tail long, brown with black tip. > > Feet brownish. In Southwest, white on face. In north in winter, fur > > white except for black tail tip. Male about twice size of female. 11-22" > > (280-550 mm); tail 3 1/8-6 3/8" (80-160 mm). > > > > > > Mink > > Mustela vison > > Sleek, with lustrous chocolate-brown to black fur; white spotting on > > chin and throat. Tail long, somewhat bushy. Male larger than female. 19 > > 3/8"-28" (491-720 mm); tail 6 1/4-7 5/8" (158-194 mm). > > > > -----Original Message----- > > From: va-richmond-general-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > > [mailto:va-richmond-general-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Michael > > Shapiro > > Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2005 8:18 PM > > To: Richmond listserv > > Subject: [va-richmond-general] unusual mammal in Goochland > > > > > > Hi, all - > > While driving around Goochland at around 6pm, I saw some kind of > > mustelid (animals in the mink/otter/weasel family) cross the road. It > > was long and slender, low to the ground, golden brown (so it seemed from > > where I was) with a long bushy tail. Does anyone know what mustelids > > live in Goochland that this might describe? It was too long to be a cat > > or a groundhog/woodchuck (too skinny for a woodchuck, too, and the tail > > wasn't right). Are there weasels in Goochland? How about martens? > > Michael Short Pump You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. 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