Originally Posted by tyson
Could anyone advise about putting out food for stoats, to get them on my trail camera?
I took an abandoned/lost stoat kit to a rescue recently. It is doing well. I had seen the mum moving the kits but she didn’t come back for this one unfortunately. I was hoping to get a video of the mum with the rest of the kits with my trail camera.
I only realised that stoats are mainly nocturnal recently. I always thought they were mainly out during the day. With hot summer mornings seeming to be the best time to see them for me personally.
Thanks in advance m. I’ve learned so much from this forum
Stoats are intermittently active 24/7 and are frequently seen during the day especially during summer when females are feeding young and then well grown young are emerging and beginning to learn to hunt.
They are highly carnivorous and are unlikely to be attracted to carrion (not impossible though). Any you put out would have to be after dark as otherwise corvids would find it: in the dark foxes and other mustelids such as Badgers are likely to take it (at least you'd get footage...)
If you have an idea where they are I would try to watch and film them in daylight. Good luck and do report back any success and learning points, we can all do with the benefit of anyone's experience. Pictures/video also welcome!