I spent 4 days with a family of mink. It is in a place where I go to get photos when the water is high, a good place for sunrises, eagles and songbirds. It is not where I fish. The first day I saw 2 young kits, they were very friendly and even swam up to the boat and one touched nose with my dog. There was an eagle that swooped down near them, not sure what that was about but I think they liked me being around because the eagles would leave the area when I showed up. I saw them eating a giant crawdad and then took a nap. I didn’t stick around and bother them, I left the area.
I went back the next day and mom was getting the kits tucked away in the rocks and she took off down the bank and kept looking back to see if I was following. I followed her down the bank and she caught several crayfish, ate a few and left a few for the kits to find later.
The third day one was missing and one had a huge slash in it’s side. Again they tolerated me. The mom caught a big rock bass and quickly ran down the bank to get away from where they eagles perch, even though they weren’t around. I think they must have a terrible problem with eagles stealing their fish, and maybe even the kill the mink. I went back a 4th time and one was still missing. My little dog growled a little for the first time and mom spooked and went into hiding and the kit picked up on her signal to hide.
These mink are smaller than they look, only weighing about 1’2 pounds. The males are the largest weighing up to 2.5 pounds.
It takes a special kind of low life to read my blog, looking for photos and watch my videos to try to see where I’m fishing, then show up the next day but that is exactly what happened. It was a local who reads this blog and likes to follow me around because he can’t find his own fish. I deleted the video but I’m going to post a new one. If I see him again I may just dump a bucket of liquid cheesebait into his boat. Or I will post his photo (that I already have) in this blog and make a special webpage to show the world what this guy does.