What eats moles?

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Q&A -

Moles are soli­tary mam­mals, known for ex­ca­vat­ing net­works of tun­nels un­der­ground. While they are some­times taken by weasels within th­ese pas­sage­ways, they are usu­ally caught when ven­tur­ing to the sur­face, by a range of preda­tors, in­clud­ing foxes, tawny owls and stoats, as well as cats and dogs.

Adults sur­face when they need to col­lect veg­e­ta­tion for their nests, while ju­ve­niles sur­face in early sum­mer when ready to dis­perse in search of their own ter­ri­to­ries. Moles can also be driven above ground by ex­treme weather – drought af­fects the avail­abil­ity of earth­worms in the soil, forc­ing moles to head up­wards to hunt; heavy rain can in­un­date their sub­ter­ranean realm, po­ten­tially ex­pos­ing the moles to new threats, such as grey herons or even pike, as they move to safety. Lau­rie Jack­son

Moles for­ag­ing in sur­face tun­nels are vul­ner­a­ble to preda­tors – espe­cially foxes, who dig them out.

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