Originally Posted by Maggies Dad
Wow did not know polecats and ferrets are the same thing?
Crazy I use to own Ferrrets
The European polecat is the sole ancestor of the ferret
, which was domesticated more than 2000 years ago for the purpose of hunting vermin.
The species has otherwise been historically viewed negatively by humans. In the British Isles especially, the polecat was persecuted by gamekeepers
, and became synonymous with promiscuity
in early English literature
. During modern times, the polecat is still scantly represented in popular culture when compared to other rare British mammals, and misunderstandings of its behaviour still persist in some rural areas.
As of 2008, it is classed by the IUCN
as Least Concern
due to its wide range and large numbers.