European Journal of Wildlife Research

, Volume 59, Issue 3, pp 323–330

The current distribution and potential for future range expansion of feral ferret Mustela putorius furo in Ireland

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10344-012-0677-4

Cite this article as:
Buckley, D.J. & Lundy, M. Eur J Wildl Res (2013) 59: 323. doi:10.1007/s10344-012-0677-4


Predicting the potential invaded range of a non-native species is an important tool for conservation biology. The ferret (Mustela putorius furo) is a known invasive species outside its native range and has recently been confirmed as a feral species in Ireland. To determine the current distribution of feral populations, an all-island survey was conducted during 2006–2008. Using the results of this survey, a landscape modelling approach, using presence-only data was applied to predict the potential future range of this species in Ireland, given the availability of suitable habitat. The results suggest that Ireland appears to be potentially highly suitable for ferrets and, therefore, the possible ecological impacts of this species in Ireland are discussed.


Landscape modellingInvasive speciesMustela putorius furoSpecies distribution

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biological, Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity College CorkCorkIreland
  2. 2.School of Biology and Environmental Science, Science Centre WestUniversity College DublinBelfield Dublin 4Ireland
  3. 3.Agri-Food and Biosciences InstituteFisheries & Aquatic EcosystemsBelfastNorthern Ireland
  4. 4.School of Biological Science, Medical Biology CentreQueen’s UniversityBelfastNorthern Ireland