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WEASELS.   55

 

four of their young comes to maturity. Evidently here is opportunity to learn something of interest.

In North America there are several species of weasel, and a larger relative, the American blackfooted stoat, twenty inches in length. This animal is found in hansas and other West-ern States. It is rare, in fact very rare, and seems to live mostly on the little rodents known as prairie dogs. These live in underground burrows, congregating into villages, where grass can be found for food. The stoat attacks them in their dens, although they are nearly as large, with teeth like rats, and disposed to use then when cornered. Great numbers of weasel skins were once sent to Europe from the Hudson Bay region with other furs, but now they are not in much demand.

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