American Mink

TheAmerican mink American Mink is a carnivorous mammal from the same family as otters and weasels. They have a variable diet and can occupy both saltwater and freshwater habitats.

Mink were introduced to Britain in 1929 when they were brought across from America for fur farms – some escaped and bred in the wild, while others were deliberately released when the farms closed down. They predate native species, particularly water vole and has completed decimated populations throughout the country, including in the Thame catchment.  They have been recorded throughout the catchment. As of yet there are no projects planned to control Mink.