A Mink Story Posted on July 18, 2008 at 11:30:28 PM by Margo Holt
Today while conducting 'species at risk' surveys in Carden, we decided to stop along Wylie Road at Sedge Wren Marsh to look at some of the butterlies there. I looked behind us & saw a mink cross the road & continue to walk along the roadside before disappearing into the roadside vegetation. We continued walking for about 10 mins & then turned around & started to head back to our parked truck. I again spotted a mink, this time walking toward us with something in its mouth. We stood still & it came to within 5 ft before noticing our presence, dropping the prey item, & disappearing into the vegetation. We examined the prey which was a Star-nosed Mole & then returned to the truck. As we drove north along Wylie Road about 5 mins after having looked at the dead mole, it was now gone. One can only assume that the mink was not ready to give up a food item it had expended energy to catch. We all appreciated the brief glimpse we had into the daily life of a wild creature. Replies: There have been no replies.