23 Facts About American mink


American mink is a semiaquatic species of mustelid native to North America, though human intervention has expanded its range to many parts of Europe, Asia and South America.

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The American mink is a carnivore that feeds on rodents, fish, crustaceans, frogs, and birds.

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Fossil records of the American mink go back as far as the Irvingtonian, though the species is uncommon among Pleistocene animals.

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The American mink has been recorded to hybridize with European minks and polecats in captivity, though the hybrid embryos of the American and European minks are usually reabsorbed.

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The American mink is similar in build to the European mink, but the tail is longer.

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American mink has a long body, which allows the species to enter the burrows of prey.

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The skull is similar to that of the European American mink, but is more massive, narrower, and less elongated, with more strongly developed projections and a wider, shorter cranium.

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Domestic American mink, which are bred in fur farms and are substandard genetically, have 19.

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The American mink's dens are characterized by a large number of entrances and twisting passages.

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American mink is a promiscuous animal that does not form pair bonds.

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American mink is a carnivorous animal that feeds on rodents, fish, crustaceans, amphibians, and birds.

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The American mink often kills birds, including larger species like seagulls and cormorants, by drowning.

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American mink was deliberately introduced for commercial fur production in several provinces of Patagonia in 1930.

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However, there are isolated territories in between where the American mink is not found, probably due to biogeographic barriers.

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The American mink was introduced in Italy in the 1950s, and currently resides mostly in the northeastern part of the Italian Peninsula.

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The first feral American mink populations arose in 1930, establishing territories in southwestern Norway.

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In modern times, the American mink occupies all of the Norwegian mainland, but is absent on some islands.

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American mink was first imported to Great Britain in 1929, though a series of escapes and releases led to the establishment of a self-sufficient feral population in Devon by the late 1950s, and others by the early 1960s.

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In Ireland, the American mink was not farmed until the early 1950s, thus feral populations established themselves there much later.

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Transmissible American mink encephalopathy is a prion disease of American mink, similar to BSE in cattle and scrapie in sheep.

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One Native American mink method involved using a bait tied to a rope and dragged around an area laden with traps.

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Selective breeding has produced a number of different colour shades in American mink peltries, ranging from pure white, through beiges, browns, and greys, to a brown that is almost black.

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However, the US Fur Commission claims "American mink are truly domesticated animals", based on the number of years they have been kept on fur farms.

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