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Very difficult! I posted one that looked very similar to yours on Ispot in May 2010 and the consensus was Ferret (picked up from road in Dorset). The pattern under the chin is important, but the clincher was the colour of the under-fur: rufous in pure Polecat, pale in Ferret and hybrids.
So from the pale under-fur on the flanks of yours i would go for Ferret or hybrid, but of course you are right in the zone for pure Polecats!
Jamie from Briantspuddle
This was my polecat/ferret, oddly almost 3 years ago to the day.
I suspected it might be a cross but was interested to read your posting. Looks very similar.
I've added an identification of polecat-ferret hybrid, however, it is really impossible to say if this is a hybrid or a ferret. Of course the question is where do you draw the line if ferrets are domesticated polecats anyway?
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Graham - am I right about the under-fur colour? I just have that on hearsay, not any particular reference. For that matter is there a reference? Thanks.
The best guide to ferrets and polecats is a pdf by the Vincent Wildlife Trust:
As for the fur, yes - mostly! Unfortunately, hybrid polecat ferrets can look very similar to pure bred polecats, you have to go on a number of characteristics being present or absent - you can not rely on any one feature.
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