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#483850 - 12/07/17 12:54 PM Mink
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Registered: 12/07/17
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Loc: Wellsville, New York
I am new to this forum but have already learned so much. Can anyone tell me if a mink can do any structural damage to a hillside farm pond?

#483851 - 12/07/17 01:49 PM Re: Mink [Re: squareacrefarm]
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Muskrats and beaver are primary burrowing concerns pond owners harbor. Mink prey upon muskrats, voles, frogs, and there are reports of them hammering cormorants too, which in my book makes them a preferred visitor on my ponds. I don't mind sacrificing a few fish knowing my pond is being patrolled by mink. They are solitary and rarely seen - at least in my experience.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. ~ Henry David Thoreau

#483853 - 12/07/17 02:02 PM Re: Mink [Re: squareacrefarm]
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Mink are fierce predators. I have personally seen a large one take down an adult rabbit (the screaming was unnerving until he switched from holding a leg to its neck). This year, I saw one climb a tree and check out a pine squirrel tree hole. Nobody was home at the time but when the owner returned he acted pretty agitated (must have been the smell lefty behind). Saw a second one about a quarter mile away on a another stream a couple days later (could have been the same one but unlikely). My neighbor traps several on my place each year, but I like having some around (not so much when I had chickens).


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