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Reddish Vale Country Park

There are two living species referred to as mink, the American Mink and the European Mink. The American Mink is larger, and more adaptable than the European Mink. It is sometimes possible to distinguish between the European and American mink; a European Mink always has a large white patch on its upper lip, while the American species sometimes does not. Thus, any mink without such a patch can be identified with certainty as an American Mink, but an individual with a patch cannot be certainly identified without looking at the skeleton.

 

American Mink have found their way into the wild in Europe (including Great Britain) and South America, after being released from mink farms by animal rights activists or otherwise escaping from captivity.They are believed by some to have contributed to the decline of the less hardy European Mink.

 

The male weighs about 1 kg (2.20 lb) and is about 24 in (61 cm)in length. Farm bred males can reach 7 lb (3.2 kg). The female weighs about 600 g (1.32 lb) and reaches a length of about 20 in (51 cm). The sizes above do not include the tail which can be from 5 to 9 inches (230 mm).

Mink

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