Pale Weasel, Palam Bridge, Leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

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This species is listed as 'Near Threatened' because its population is in significant decline due to habitat loss because of over-grazing by livestock through most of its range, and through agricultural control of its main prey species.

The Pale or Mountain Weasel (Mustela altaica) is a high-altitude carnivore which has a short muzzle, long flattened skull, a slim body and short legs. These weasels eat small mammals, birds, lizards, and occasionally insects and berries.

This species is found in the mountains of Asia, from Russian Central Asia to Korea to northern India.

This species is listed as Near Threatened because its population is in significant decline due to habitat loss because of over-grazing by livestock through most of its range, and through agricultural control of its main prey species.

References:

  1. Snow Leopard Trust
  2. Animal Diversity Web
  3. IUCN Redlist species page


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