Mountain weasel

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Mountain weasel (Mustela altaica)

The mountain weasel is also known as the pale weasel, Altai weasel or solongoi.

This weasel lives in high-altitude environments, and also on rocky tundra and grassy woodlands. This weasel rests in rock crevices, tree trunks, and abandoned burrows of other animals or the animals it previously hunted. The home range size of this animal is currently unknown.

Geographical distribution for this species lies in parts of Asia from Kazakhstan, Tibet, and the Himalayas to Mongolia, northeastern China, southern Siberia, Korea, and also some parts of Russia. The most common area for this species, however, is Ladakh, India.

The conservation status, according to the IUNC, is "near threatened" because it is considered to be in a significant decline. It requires monitoring mainly because of habitat and resource loss.