Mammals of Pennsylvania Online Resource

Common Name: Mink




Scientific Name:
Mustela vison  

Along streams and lakes in wooded areas.

Carnivorous—especially feeding on muskrats and mice. In addition, birds and their eggs, fish, and frogs are frequent prey.

Interesting Facts:
Like the skunk and other mustelids, the mink possesses anal scent glands that produce a pungent odor when the animal is stressed.

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