Apr 2, 2012

European mink (Mustela lutreola)

Did you know?

That the European mink is critically endangered? The reason for the dramatic decline is the competition and aggression with the North American mink (Mustela vison).

The European Mink is a medium sized mustelid with a long body, short legs and short tail. This is a semi-aquatic animal with a thick waterproof inner layer and partly webbed feet. The fur is blackish brown, with a small band of white skin around the upper and lower lips. This specie is smaller compared to the American mink (M. Vison). Competition and direct aggression with the American mink are the main threats to the population of the European mink. Excessive hunting and habitat loss also affect populations.

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