Lutreola vison - Mink

Phylum: Chordata - Class: Mammalia - Order: Carnivora - Family: Mustelidae


Mink are not native to the British Isles. This alien species, which escaped in to the wild (or in some cases  was released) from fur farms, is thought to have had a serious effect on the population of native water voles. It originated from North America. The European mink, Lutreola lutreola, is now confined to a few parts of northern Scandinavia, having been driven out of most of its original range, probably by a combination of persecution and habitat loss.

Mink can be very dangerous if they are cornered. If you are bitten by a mink it is important to obtain medical treatment immediately, since some mink may be carriers of Wiels Disease.

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