Field Sign

Mink are most active at night, dusk and dawn but are still often seen out during the day.  They spend large parts of the day laying up in a den, which can be anything from an old rabbit burrow, a hollow tree or under something man-made such as a shed, old vehicle or even under old corrugated iron.  The den may contain the remains of prey items, which may also be stashed in other sites within their territory.


Even if you don’t see a mink you can often detect their presence by the field signs they leave.  The most obvious are their footprints, which are about the size of a 50p coin, although obviously varying according to the sex and maturity of the animal.  Although they have 5 toes, usually only 4 are visible in a print, arranged in a star shape around the pad. Polecat and ferret tracks are almost indistinguishable from those of mink but a waterside location will point to mink.

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