The Western Polecat can be identified through their distinctive mask like marking over their face. They also have a much shorter body compared to Minks and other polecats, which sets them apart easily.


They usually live in abandoned burrows in areas surrounded by villages, rivers and farmland.


The Western Polecat’s diet is made up of rodents and also amphibian and birds.

Predators & Threats

The main predator  of  Western Polecats is Red Foxes and wild or domesticated cats. Humans used to be a huge threat to Western Polecat populations too as for centuries they were hunted for their fur pelts. However, this is becoming much less of an issue.


  • Polecats will secrete a very smelly liquid, which is used to mark their territories.


Common Name(s)Scientific Name
Western Polecat, European PolecatMustela putorius
 33-45 cm in length
5 years

Best Time to Look

Spring & Summer months.

Where to find Western Polecat