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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Monday, March 23, 2020

“Mink aren't typically found up trees, but they're known to climb when they're startled, as was likely the case in the picture below”.............”So what was this mink up to (other than a tree)?”...........“Perhaps it was looking for romance”...........“It's mating season for the animals, and they range widely during this time”..........”Kits will be born in late spring”..........”Minks travel on land and in the water”.........“They walk, run, and bound on land, and may attain speed of 13 km/hr (8 mph) for brief periods”............”This semiaquatic species swims on the surface and underwater, covering as much as 15 m (50 ft) or more when submerged”........”A mink may remain in its den for several days after severe winter storms, but otherwise is active throughout the year”.............“Much activity occurs at twilight and at night, but it is not unusual for a mink to forage during the day in winter and while caring for young”..........”Minks are carnivores, preying on muskrats, chipmunks, mice, rabbits, fish, snakes, frogs and water fowl”........”Leftovers from a kill are often kept in the mink's den for later”

March Mink Image

Sandy Dannis shared this photo of a mink that she encountered while walking on her land in Dalton, New Hampshire. Mink aren't typically found up trees, but they're known to climb when they're startled, as was likely the case here.
So what was this mink up to (other than a tree)? Perhaps it was looking for romance. It's mating season for the animals, and they range widely during this time. Kits will be born in late spring.


Herling 2% said...

This actually isn’t a mink but a fisher. The live in hollow trees. Hope that helps.

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