ENVIRONMENT YUKON






American Mink

Neovison vison

Order Canivora
Family

Mustelidae

 

mink

Peter Trimmings

Also known as: Mink

Fast Facts

Distribution in Yukon
Length 40 cm Distribution of American Mink
Weight 1 kg
Lifespan 6 years
Habitat
Predators Black Bears, wolves, lynx, Coyotes, foxes, owls, otters

Conservation Status

Yukon S5 (Secure)
Global G5 (Secure)
Yukon population estimate:   Not determined

 

Description

Behaviour

Mink are a semi-aquatic nocturnal weasel that will occupy abandoned burrows, usually hidden by dense vegetation. They are solitary except during mating season and are very aggressive often fighting larger opponents over food.  They are strong swimmers and can dive to catch crayfish and fish. 

Diet

Muskrat, mice, Snowshoe Hares, fish, frogs, ducklings.  

Sights and sounds

mink tracks on the snow

Front mink trackHind Mink track

signs

Mink tracks on snow

Tracks

Front: 4.3 x 4.5 cm Hind: 4.5 x 4.8 cm

 

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