American Mink

A mink from today. I thought I was seeing the missing kit but I think its the mom. The teeth were too worn to be a kit. She is pretty friendly. She came down to where I was again and let me stay pretty close until she took a nap. She’s not going after crawdads or fish anymore, finding something in the rocks to eat. I saw a ground hog tear off the other day, a mink was on his scent trail and they will kill muskrats etc. I was reading up on mink today, I guess most predators stay away from them, (except an occasional brave owl, coyote & fox). I guess they have 2 glands that can put off an odor worse than a skunk. They also have big teeth, are very strong and long winded and can wiggle all around. They can swim for 2 hours straight. They use their bodies to help propel and they have webbed feet making very fast swimmers. They can chase a fish for 20 seconds and catch it. The will eat cormorant and other big birds, they kill them by drowning. They are nocturnal and don’t hibernate in the winter. They can be made into pets, but leather gloves have to be worn to handle them. They’re supposed to be pretty smart. I guess they can be a nightmare for trappers, finding a live one in a trap is an experience they won’t soon forget.

American Mink

American Mink

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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