The status of the Dutch polecat population: correction of a recently published error

Tim R. Hofmeesterhttp://orcid.org/https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2101-5482 1 , Vilmar Dijkstra 2 , Jasja J.A. Dekker 3 , Tom van der Meij 4 ,  and Sim Broekhuizen 5
  • 1 Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Skogsmarkgränd 17, SE-90183, Umeå, Sweden
  • 2 Zoogdiervereniging, Toernooiveld 1, NL-6525 ED Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • 3 Jasja Dekker Dierecologie, Enkhuizenstraat 26, NL-6843 WZ Arnhem, The Netherlands
  • 4 Statistics Netherlands, P.O. Box 24500, NL-2490 HA Den Haag, The Netherlands
  • 5 Heerenstraat 19, NL-6981 CT Doesburg, The Netherlands
Tim R. HofmeesterORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2101-5482, Vilmar Dijkstra, Jasja J.A. Dekker, Tom van der Meij and Sim Broekhuizen

Abstract

A recent review of the status of the Western or European polecat (Mustela putorius) by Croose et al. (Croose, E., J.W. Duckworth, S. Ruette, D.V. Skumatov, V.V. Kolesnikov and A.P. Saveljev. 2018. A review of the status of the Western polecat Mustela putorius: a neglected and declining species? Mammalia. 82: 550–564.) showed that the species is declining over large parts of its range. The information on the Dutch population in this review was based on incorrect information in the Atlas of the Dutch Mammals. Here, we correct this information and state that we currently have insufficient data to make inference about the Dutch polecat population. Consequently, there is a need for a robust monitoring scheme for polecats in the Netherlands.

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Mammalia is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the inventory, analysis and interpretation of Mammalian diversity. It publishes original results on all aspects of systematics (comparative, functional and evolutionary morphology; morphometrics; phylogeny; biogeography; taxonomy and nomenclature), biology, ecology and conservation of mammals.

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