Hyenas, jackals, wild pig, polecats and wild dogs (Canis pictus) of different species are still found in or about bush jungles and forest clumps; elands (Antilope oreas) are preserved on some estates, and there are at least ten distinct species of antelope (hartebeest, bushbok, duiker, rietbok, rhebok, rovibok, blauwbok, &c.).
Another form, P. sibiricus, from eastern Asia, of which much less is known, appears to connect the true minks with the polecats.
To check the increase of the rabbit, stoats, weasels and polecats (the last in the form of the domesticated ferret) were introduced into New Zealand on a very large scale in the last quarter of the 19th century.
Fauna.-The animal kingdom embraces, besides the usual domestic animals (as horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, asses, &c.), wild boars, deer, wild goats, hares, &c.; also bears, wolves, lynxes, foxes, wild cats, jackals, otters, beavers, polecats, martens, weasels and the like.
The map shows that there are still some big gaps to fill in where we know polecats are present, such as West Wales.
External examination suggests that 209 were pure polecats and 37 had (ferret) hybrid features in their pelage.
Like the other dead polecats it was put in a freezer and then sent off to the Vincent Wildlife Trust who positively verified it.
Results so far (January-December 2004) After the first full year of recording we have received visual evidence of 246 possible polecats.
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The increase of otters and polecats preying on mink has helped the water vole 's resurgence.
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