Plus, skunks are members of the weasel family
, a particularly vile species that includes otters, ferrets, badgers, stoats and Donald Trump.
The animal, part of the weasel family
, was once common in the UK, but persecution and a loss of habitat led to its decline.
Correction (published May 25, 2010): A ferret is a small carnivorous mammal belonging to the weasel family
These lithe members of the weasel family
are often considered cute and cuddly, but Terry can vouch for their wild ferocity after an otter attacked him and bit off two of his fingers.
Another popular theory, which makes perfect sense in the case of most members of the weasel family
, is that it guards against weak, subdominant males mating.
But Sgt Bell thinks the killing method used suggests it was not a big cat but a wolverine, the largest creature of the weasel family
Pine martens - members of the weasel family
and the size of a typical cat - are the second rarest carnivores in Britain but their exact numbers are still unknown.
The fisher, by the way, is among the largest members of the weasel family
The wolverine is the largest land dwelling member of the weasel family
Sea otters, a member of the weasel family
, don't have a thick layer of blubber to insulate them from the cold as do their fellow marine mammals, seals and sea lions.