Asked June 19, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

we have a weasel that runs around an our deck when we are sitting outside. I understood they were nocturnal animals and wonder if it could be rabid or something. How can we get rid of it? It has got 'rid' of five of our hens. We put out a wire trap with meat in it. The kind that they tug on the bait and the gate drops down to capture them alive. It has not taken the bait. HELP!

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question to Ask the Expert.

Here is a publication for North Carolina State University on weasel control including some tips for trapping:

WEASELS - North Carolina Cooperative Extension

You definitely do want to avoid contact with the animal as you are handling the trap.

Here is information from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for handling Urban Wildlife including contact information.

Good luck!

Please let me know if you have any further questions.