BDN cites Mortelliti in blog post on ermine in Bangor woods

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Alessio Mortelliti, an assistant professor in the University of Maine Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology, for a post on its “Act Out with Aislinn” wilderness adventure blog. The post recounts the story of a Bangor woman, who came upon what she thought were two squirrels fighting on a recent walk in the woods with her dog. A closer look revealed that one of the animals was an elusive short-tailed weasel or ermine. “Most carnivores are just hard to see,” Mortelliti told the BDN. “Even here on campus we have a fisher cat that lives here, but nobody sees him. Ermine are very aggressive. They can go for prey that is bigger than them.”