The Netherlands

Drastic reductions in numbers of rabbits have affected stoat populations in other countries, too. For example, stoats decreased and common weasels increased after the arrival of myxomatosis in an area of the coastal dunelands of the Netherlands in 1954, just as in Britain. The difference was that the changes were slower and more gradual on the Dutch dunelands, and lasted only for about 10 years rather than 15 to 20. Mulder (1990) suggested that stoats survived longer in the dunelands because at that time there were no foxes there to compete with stoats for access to the remaining rabbits.

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