Mink are silent aquatic hunters. Their bodies were built for hunting. They are quick on land, skilled swimmers, and excellent tree climbers. These glossy, dark-brown, semi-aquatic carnivores usually measure about 20 inches in length and weigh 1.5 to 2 pounds. Typically nocturnal, some do hunt during the day. Nevertheless, it’s hard to spot them because they move so swiftly. Mink are shoreline dwellers and prey primarily on fish, frogs, muskrats, waterfowl, snakes, and other small mammals.
Minks rarely leave evidence when snatching up your fish. However, you may find a few fish scales left behind or tracks in the snow during winter. Mink have paired tracks that look very similar to cat tracks with five toes and toenail marks. Mink also enjoy tobogganing on snow which leaves long slide streaks.