An American Mink has been hanging out near the Fox River in Waukesha. It moves fast along the rocks along the river stopping at locations searching for food in and out of the water. Dan W was there and we had a fun time for awhile photographing this little one gathering food for possible little ones and also food for itself. This female is not always active so one never knows when it will show up. Images were taken on June 19, 2016.
Scientific name: Neovison vison
Habitat: Forested areas along, rivers, streams and lakes with dense vegetation. They may also use habitat of swamps and wetlands.
Average life span in the wild: 1 to 3 years
Size: Adults, head and body males 23”-27” long, females 18”-22” long.
Weight: 2 to 3.5 lbs
Diet: Mainly fish, amphibians, crustaceans, small rodents and sometimes insects. Voles are one of their choice meals.
Range: Alaska, Canada and the entire US except for the Southwest.
I see a lot of muskrats but I thought I saw a mink last week ….now confirmed. Thanks Jim.
Ron at “rivers edge”!
I have been lucky enough to spot mink twice — once on the access road going thru the wetlands at UW Arboretum , Madison. Great fun to watch.
I’m in NW Richland County and I saw two mink today rolling around on my concrete driveway about 20′ front door. My first sighting that only lasted for a brief moment, but it will stay with me for a lifetime.
This is exactly what I saw running along the shore of the Fox River in Waukesha today 6/16/17 along the bike path across from the Saratoga Apartments. I wondered what it was since I’ve never seen anything like it and it was definitely bigger than your typical squirrel. Glad it’s still around.
We live along the edge of a conservancy that has a small creek running through it in West Bend. As I was walking back by our garden I saw this long, skinny, animal with chocolate brown fur running through the grass.
Just saw what I believe to be a mink on road near a small stream. Didn’t know they lived in Waukesha County.