Polecat refers to the species Mustela putorius, the wild ancestor of the domesticated ferret. There is also another genus, Ictonyx, that includes the striped polecat (zorilla), which resembles a skunks and is native to Africa. This term is also used to apply to the black-footed ferret, which is native to North America.
Polecats are so-called for their reputed habit of predation on domestic fowl (poules in European French) and are known for their pungent musk. The latter may have led to applying the term "polecat" which is sometimes used as a colloquial nickname for the New World's skunks, which are distant relatives that belong to the family Mephitidae.
- Polecat search results in Mia's Index of Anthro' Stories
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- Polecat search results in Fur Affinity
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