American Mink in Waukesha Wisconsin on June 19, 2016

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.

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American Mink with crayfish

American Mink

Scientific name: Neovison vison

Type: Mammal

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.

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American Mink with crayfish

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In search off….

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American Mink with crayfish

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American Mink with crayfish

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American Mink with Bullhead

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American Mink with crayfish

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

6 Responses to American Mink in Waukesha Wisconsin on June 19, 2016

  1. Ron Spitz says:

    I see a lot of muskrats but I thought I saw a mink last week ….now confirmed. Thanks Jim.
    Ron at “rivers edge”!

  2. Gerald Haiar says:

    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.

  3. Joe says:

    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.

  4. Tracy Fritz says:

    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.

  5. Coral Messar says:

    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.

  6. Barry says:

    Just saw what I believe to be a mink on road near a small stream. Didn’t know they lived in Waukesha County.

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