Monday, October 05, 2009

American Mink - Neovison vison

These pictures were taken on October 3rd, 2009 in our back yard. The scientific name used to be Mustela Vison but was recently reclassified as Neovison Vison. They are a member of the Weasel family and are heavily prized for their fir. They are excellent swimmers and eat fish, frogs, rabbits or anything else they can catch. There main predators are owls, hawks, fox and coyotes. I spotted this guy going around the edge of a pond in our back yard. He came up from the edge of the pond and for a few moments just sat there and looked at me even though I was only about 30 feet away. He didn't appear to mind my presence and after a few moments continued his search for frogs or whatever else he could find to eat.

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