March 12, 2016


Jessie lives on Zapata Ranch where she runs Ranchlands social media accounts.

I’ve lived on the ranch for three years now and it seems I have one or two really pivotal wildlife sightings each year. I’ve seen bears, bobcats, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, beaver… An endless list really of varied and exciting species… but today I saw my first Stoat! I had seen Long-Tailed Weasels aka “big stoats” in my mammal books on the area, but never come across one in real life, so I was practically giddy when I saw one pop out of a burrow on my way to the office this morning. I imagine they are eating pretty well with all the rabbits and field mice this spring and hope they stick around long enough for me to catch another glimpse!


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Photography by James Beissel

1 reply to “Stoked on Stoats

  1. tony dowling

    Beautiful animal. Rare sighting. The joy of where you live.

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