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

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 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.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, March 31, 2018

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f7.1
    ISO 900

  • Parc de la Frayère

    Saturday, May 27, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/320s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 100

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 500

Taxonomy

Carnivora
Mustelidae
Neovison vison