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American Mink Neovison vison

American Mink Neovison vison

Mammalia > Carnivora > Mustelidae

An agile hunter being spotted along the shores of ponds and rivers in larger parks around Montreal. American Mink is a semi aquatic species and swims and dives in the water.

I identify the American Mink by its brown to dark brown fur and its thin, elongated body shape. When observing it swimming at larger distance, it looks very similar to a beaver or muskrat. Fortunately, the fashion of swimming is different as it lacks the typical tail movement of beavers or muskrats.

I saw American Minks in two parks around Montreal: Rapids Park Lachine and Park de la Frayere. The animal can be active during the day and with a bit luck you can observe it hunting for birds and smaller mammals.

Rapids Park Lachine2019-05-09
Rapids Park Lachine2018-04-14
Rapids Park Lachine2018-03-31
Parc de la Frayère, Boucherville2017-05-27
Rapids Park Lachine2017-04-29