American Mink (Neovison vison)

The American mink is a semi-aquatic member of the weasel family native to North America that feeds on rodents, fish, crustaceans, amphibians, birds and eggs.


Minks do most of their foraging activity along waterways. On land, mink typically hunt with their nose to the ground, poking into crevices, under boulders and into burrows. Both on land and in water, prey are caught with short bursts of activity rather than sustained pursuit.


Mink occupy a wide variety of wetland habitats, including streams, rivers, lakes, freshwater and saltwater marshes, and coast lines, and their territories always run along the edges of water bodies.


Mink don't hibernate and are active all year long. They hunt in icy waters looking for fish, snails and crustacean.