Can Anyone Help Me Identify This Animal

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  1. quotations profile image89
    quotationsposted 13 years ago

    I am hoping that my fellow hubbers can help me identify a wild animal that has taken up residence under my deck.

    I live in northern Canada, and my backyard is on the edge of a forest so I get many wild visitors.

    Lately I have noticed a small creature that pops out from under my deck once in a while. It is about a foot and a half long, thought it seems able to extend itself further to reach things. It has sharp claws and from its teeth it is clearly a predator.

    Its fur is black except on it face which is white. The face is rather flat and its nose does not protrude  much. It appears curious and not really afraid of me.

    I put out dog food in the back yard because I feed a flock of wild ravens and this animal appears to eat some of the dry dog food, but I have also seen it eat bird seeds

    At first I thought it was a ferret, but though it looks somewhat like one it is not exactly like the pictures I have seen of ferrets on wikipedia.

    I wish I had a picture to post but the creature mainly just pops its head out from under the deck at random intervals and I havent been able to get it. Today was the first time it actually came all the way out from under the deck with me there but of course I did not have the camera.

  2. profile image0
    ryankettposted 13 years ago

    A Racoon?

  3. profile image0
    ryankettposted 13 years ago

    A Skunk?

    We may as well begin a process of elimination, so check each one out as we go and say yes or no.

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    ryankettposted 13 years ago

    A Badger?

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    ryankettposted 13 years ago

    If it is a Skunk then I suggest that you get it removed!

  6. tantrum profile image60
    tantrumposted 13 years ago

    An alien ?

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    lynnechandlerposted 13 years ago

    Do you have Opossums? The snout would be longer than what you are suggesting and they are nocturnal not sure it would come out during the day.

  8. quotations profile image89
    quotationsposted 13 years ago

    Hi everyone - thanks for all of the replies. It's definitely not a skunk or a raccoon. I looked up opossum on wikipedia, and I think it might be one, but I haven't noticed a long tail as in the pictures. I will try to see if it has a tail like the opossums.

  9. quotations profile image89
    quotationsposted 13 years ago

    Also not a badger or an alien. An alien would be nice, though.

    1. tantrum profile image60
      tantrumposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It looks like this ?

  10. Sufidreamer profile image79
    Sufidreamerposted 13 years ago
  11. aware profile image66
    awareposted 13 years ago

    ok i looked at Canadian wildlife site i think what you have is a black footed ferret google it and see

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    ralwusposted 13 years ago

    We have a hubber called Pest, he has been MIA, now I know where he is. big_smile

  13. Katelyn Weel profile image84
    Katelyn Weelposted 13 years ago

    maybe some kind of weasel? they look like ferrets

  14. sooner than later profile image60
    sooner than laterposted 13 years ago

    check out the many images of the "stoat". they come in many color variations and change coat colors seasonaly.

    It sounds close to your description to me.

  15. quotations profile image89
    quotationsposted 13 years ago

    Thanks everyone for your help. The mystery is solved - it's a marten. I followed Sufidreamer's link and the picture is exactly like my new furry friend. I will have to read up on his habits to see if I have to evict him from under my deck. I would not want him to start tunneling under my house.

    1. Sufidreamer profile image79
      Sufidreamerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Glad to help - we have a similar animal around here called a polecat - it sounded similar, from your description. The American Marten is the US equivalent.

      Good old Wikipedia. big_smile

      Would love to see a photohub, if he becomes a little braver smile

  16. caravalhophoto profile image60
    caravalhophotoposted 13 years ago

    I had never heard of an American Marten...the things you learn in this forum.

    They are cute, being from Northern California, I love my wildlife and birds...the bird issue would be my only concern since they like eggs...however if I had a mice/rat issue, I may have to weigh the pros/cons of having this beautiful creature under my home. 

    Did you name him yet? The one in the picture looked like an "Oliver".

    1. earnestshub profile image84
      earnestshubposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Great post smile I did not know this little guy either, but will look him up on wikapedia. I love the way we learn from forums, thanks to the ever vigilant eyes of sufidreamer! Animals Rock!

  17. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 13 years ago

    Opossums have naked tails - or at least they do down here.

  18. AEvans profile image74
    AEvansposted 13 years ago

    Possum or Raccon smile

  19. sooner than later profile image60
    sooner than laterposted 13 years ago

    a marten, that is an incredibly cute little booger. I wonder is it living under your deck, or hunting there frequently?

  20. QuirkyPearl profile image60
    QuirkyPearlposted 13 years ago

    Laughing out loud here as i read this post through, Tantrum was nearly right about being an Alien....Marten/Martian

    Maybe it's just my sense of humour big_smile

  21. heart4theword profile image61
    heart4thewordposted 13 years ago

    a face full of such happiness, ready to fly!

  22. my last breath profile image58
    my last breathposted 13 years ago

    its possibly a weasle. ferrets and weasles are mixed up sometimes.


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