University seeks socks to help attract weasels

Published: 20th December 2011

University seeks socks to help attract weasels
A research team from the University of California is asking the public to help them to attract weasels.

The scientists are appealing to people in the Sierra Nevada region to donate clean, odd and used socks to allow them to monitor a rare weasel called the Pacific fisher.

Researchers have determined that socks are the best receptacle for hanging weasel bait in trees, giving the team an opportunity to film the animals climbing up the trees and chewing on the socks, which are to be filled with chicken.

The team from the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project are currently going through around 250 pairs of the legwear a month, which has led to a mass appeal to the public for help to reduce the time and money spent shopping for socks.

Scientists have stressed that they aren't after new socks and instead would prefer unmatched, old, but non-holey ones people have in their top drawer.

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