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Old February 01, 2018, 07:41   #1
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Got a few photos, out my back door, of a mink fishing for breakfast this morning. I think it is amazing just how long they can hold their breath under the ice.







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Old February 01, 2018, 08:07   #2
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Nice....How big was he ?

I've seen a few here, but none were bigger than a medium size squirrel..
Now river otter and beaver on the other hand, they pull from the road side ditches up to 70lbs...But I just hate to see them get the otters..
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That's cool. I saw a black one last year near a little crick on the edge of an alfalfa field. It was one of those "what the heck is that?" moments, at first sight. They are fun to watch. I wondered whether the one I saw was a relative of an inmate at a nearby, defunct mink farm?
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Must be a French mink. This is what it was bringing up from under the ice to munch on.



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I saw one just like that in upstate NY a long time ago, but I always thought it was a Fisher.
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Probably my favorite animal. Male wild mink tend to be about 50% or so larger than females. Very ferocious,for their mass. Very interesting to observe. When I see one heading down the creeks,I stop and watch. Used to trap them;no more. I'd rather watch the mink wearing their coat than some vain broad.
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Probably my favorite animal. Male wild mink tend to be about 50% or so larger than females. Very ferocious,for their mass. Very interesting to observe. When I see one heading down the creeks,I stop and watch. Used to trap them;no more. I'd rather watch the mink wearing their coat than some vain broad.

No more trapping for me either. I enjoy watching wildlife do it's thing.
I even gave up hunting, other than with my camera, at least 20 years ago.
Must have something to do with realizing our own mortality.

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I saw one just like that in upstate NY a long time ago, but I always thought it was a Fisher.
Fishers are much larger. Mink are everywhere fishers south of 5&20
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We have Pine Martens up in the U.P. and maybe Fishers. Not sure about them. Otters,too. They are really cool. We had a Wolverine running around in the Thumb for a while,but it died of old age I guess. They were constantly tracking it,and retrieved its body and stuffed it. I guess it sets in the State capital now.
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was an episode of Marty Stauffer's Wild America all about the "weasel" family that was just fantastic. The Pine Marten segment was great and as a former yooper, I have an affinity for all things UP.

YouTube requires payment to watch? Wierd...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NZVEV7J9r3Y
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Fishers are much larger. Mink are everywhere fishers south of 5&20
It was pretty big, about 15 pounds or so if I remember correctly. It was around one of the finger lakes, next to a stream feeding into the lake.

My wife's family are all transplanted Yupers. Don't remember the name of the town where they are from though.
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Just be thankful mink ain't 7 feet long and 300 pounds. Nothing would stop them...
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