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Re: I never saw this before

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So I take it we have mink around southeast PA?? Saw this guy on the perky downstream from the meeting with the unami. He was maybe a foot long and skinny like a ferret. Saw him run into the rocks and made some mouse/squeel noises, sure enough he popped his head right back out for a picture.

Do ya think this was a mink??

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Posted on: 2013/6/5 14:16


Re: I never saw this before

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Looks like a mink to me, but I can't be 100% sure since it is a B&W photo. If it was as dark as it appears, then it was a mink.

Barrybarry is right they are all over the place.

A lot of people don't realize that mink are all over the place because they are so rarely seen. Partially because they are normally nocturnal, and partially because people just aren't observant. But if you fish, and you are jut a little bit observant, you will see them this time of year.

I've even seen them in broad daylight at work at the pond outback. I'm talking about a crowded Cleveland suburb and this used to be a golf course.

BTW, I once saw a bass eat a duckling. Well, I assumed that is what it was. The mother acted as described and also was poking her head under water fussing like crazy. All of the sudden SPLASH, and there was one less. that is when I spotted a couple large bass. Came back that evening and caught a 5 pounder. I didn't check it's stomach.

Once caught a much smaller bass, maybe 3 pounds that had a blackbird in it's gut and fledgling blackbirds are likely about the same size as a duckling.

I put up a duck box in my pond in the woods this year, and already a wood duck used it. Saw a mother with newborn babies on the pond about a week ago. Pond also has snapping turtles. Hoping at least a few of the ducklings make it, but then, one year something got a full grown duck on that pond. I assumed snapping turtle because the pond surface was covered in feathers. Wife wants me to trap the turtles, but they serve a function. I got rid of a couple a few years ago, but there are more. I actually have them in both ponds.


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Re: I never saw this before
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Clearly one of those cocky-azz minks!

Posted on: 2013/6/5 15:03
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Re: I never saw this before

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It was black. Photo is a couple years old. If I remember correct it was mid summer and mid dayish. Memory is a bit fuzzy as we usually(almost always) kayak with liquid refreshment.

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Re: I never saw this before

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It's gotta be a mink. They are very dark brown and shiny and depending on lighting can look black. It likely would look black in the shade of those rocks.

Posted on: 2013/6/6 8:19

Edited by FarmerDave on 2013/6/6 8:45:29
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