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March of­fers a bet­ter-than-usual chance of see­ing our most enig­matic mustelid. Un­for­tu­nately, you’re most likely to en­counter the ban­dit­masked species as road­kill. This is be­cause the pole­cat’s breed­ing sea­son is now un­der­way, when males wan­der in search of mates and fre­quently cross roads, of­ten dur­ing peaks of morn­ing and evening traf­fic. A lucky few among us might catch sight of a live an­i­mal in their head­lights. Pole­cats con­tinue to spread from stronghold­s in midWales and the English Bor­ders into the rest of Wales and Eng­land, so are no longer rare – just very elu­sive.

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