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. 

Most are nocturnal, although 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

How Do I Get Rid of Mink?

Here at Advanced Wildlife Control, we attempt to trap mink humanely if possible using bait and live traps. Once trapped, we will humanely relocate the mink at least 30 miles away from your property. 

DID YOU KNOW? – Mink are related to the badger & skunk through the same weasel family.

A mink can single-handedly destroy your koi pond. These slippery and sneaky predators will drain your pond dry of fish if given the chance. Once a mink finds a food source in your pond, they will keep coming back for more. 

Our professional-trained technicians have noted that this most often occurs during the early winter to early spring months. However, it can also happen at other times of the year. During the winter months, mink will enter the pond through the circulation hole maintained through the cold season to get to the fish. Wintertime also makes fish easier prey. Fish become slow and lethargic due to colder temperatures, which make it easy for mink to snatch them. Mink also don’t discriminate between the size of the prey. They will grab both big and small fish. 

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. 

Mink breed in February, but reproduction is dependent on the weather conditions. Good, warmer weather is favorable for the litter’s survival in the spring. A mink only has 1 litter a year with 5-6 young in the litter. The young are born only 31 days after the gestation period and remain with the female until late summer when the young begin to go out on their own. 

Mink are common in Wisconsin, especially along with water sources and shorelines. Minks are very territorial, especially males during the breeding season. They will stick to their territory – being creatures of habit – and visit similar places each hunting trip throughout their area.

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