American Mink (Mustela vison) have dark brown fur and a long tail. They weigh up to 3 ½ pounds, slightly less than a house cat. Mink can emit a strong musky odor, like skunks, but the distance the odor travels is more limited.
In Georgia, mink are most commonly found from North Georgia through the Piedmont to Macon including Trinity Lakes.
Mink are fierce predators and may kill more prey than they can consume including fish, crawfish, insects, frogs, snails, muskrats, rats, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, snakes, young snapping turtles, waterfowl and bird eggs.
Mink have an important place in the history of mankind. For thousands of years, furs were necessary for human survival. Today, since mink are sensitive to pesticides and pollution, they serve as an ‘indicator species’ for environmental contamination in watersheds.