American Mink (Neovison vison)
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
Similar species have different color. I identify the American Mink by its brown to dark brown fur. If swimming at larger distance, it looks similar to a beaver or muskrat. Fortunately, the fashion of swimming is different and lacks the typical tail movement of beavers or muskrats.
Where and 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.