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High-Elevation Observations of Long-Tailed Weasel and Eastern Chipmunk in North Carolina
- Moser, Allison M., Diggins, Corinne A., Ford, W. Mark
- Southeastern naturalist 2017 v.16 no.3 pp. N40
- Abies fraseri, Mustela, Picea rubens, Tamias striatus, cameras, forests, national parks, summer, surveys, Great Smoky Mountain region, North Carolina
- Observations of Mustela frenata (Long-tailed Weasel) are rare within the southern Appalachians, while observations of Tamias striatus (Eastern Chipmunk) are uncommon in high-elevation spruce-fir forests. We conducted camera-trap surveys at Roan Mountain Highlands, Mitchell County, NC, during summer 2016 in a Picea rubens (Red Spruce)—Abies fraseri (Fraser Fir) forest. During the survey, we observed a Long-tailed Weasel at 1893 m in elevation and an Eastern Chipmunk at 1703 m in elevation. These are the highest-elevation records for both species in the eastern United States outside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the highest elevation record for Longtailed Weasel in North Carolina.