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Stoat spotted - a bit worried

Saw a stoat in the garden this evening....started wondering if the dog is safe.  I googled it, says an average dog could be bitten, but not hurt by a stoat.  She not an average size though - tiny dog.  What do you think? 



  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,830

    I think you should enjoy the fact that you can see a stoat in your garden. The dog has enough commonsense to watch from a distance I am sure.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,125

    I'd love to see a stoat again, I haven't seen one for years.

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    They are a bit shifty.

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

  • You're very very lucky - last saw stoat family playing in a dry stone wall - must've been about 30 years ago image Delightful image

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 2,871

    Haven't seen a stoat here, though I did see one in the country park a mile or two away so they do live roundabouts. Have seen weasels a few times, very fast, think they may live in the dry stone walls. Once found one in the dining room that the cat had brought in, don't know how it managed that!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 61,387

    How fantastic - lucky lucky you image

    A stoat eats small mammals  and is a very secretive animal. 

    I'm sure your dog, however small, is quite safe image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • a1154a1154 Posts: 775

    Ok.  She is free range in the garden, and stoats can go for prey larger than themselves, but a confrontation is extremely unlikely.  He was probably just passing through. 

    it was very enjoyable.  He peaked over a wall, then jumped down from it, so i got a very good view. 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 8,069

    We see a stoat occasionally in the garden, don't think there is anything to worry about, it is more likely to be scared off by the dog. 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 61,387

    I think the only time a stoat would go for a dog is to protect her young. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

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