North American Mink

Mustela vison

Description:
Mink
Facts:
The North American mink (a member of the mustelidae family) was imported into Britain in 1929 and bred for its fur.
As the wearing of fur has become less politically correct the breeding of mink in captivity has dramatically reduced. In the intervening years however large numbers of mink have escaped or been freed by animal liberation groups and have become very established in Britain. It has spread throughout most of the British Isles and appears impossible to eradicate.

Introduced:

1950's
Origin:
North America & Canada
Location:
Widespread near water
Status:
Stable population
Problems:
Comments:
Predation on Water voles and ground nesting birds and water fowl. Serious problem on commercial fisheries and fish farms.