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American Mink Neovison vison

American Mink Neovison vison

Mammalia > Carnivora > Mustelidae

Names in different Languages

GermanAmerikanischer Nerz
EnglishAmerican Mink
FrenchVison d'Amérique
SpanishVisón americano


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.

How to Identify

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.

Where When to Spot

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.



2019-05-09Parc de la Frayère
2018-04-14Parc de la Frayère
2018-03-31Parc de la Frayère
2018-03-31Parc des Rapides
2017-05-27Parc de la Frayère
2017-04-29Parc des Rapides