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What does the Mink look like?
American Mink are lanky carnivores. Their fur is generally a dark chocolate brown with white patches on their chins, throats and chests. Their fur is soft, thick and covered with oily guard hairs that waterproof them. They have long slender bodies, pointed faces, and short legs with semi-webbed feet. Males are larger than females, but both sexes have similar colorations.
American Mink are solitary predators. They mark their territory with musky excretions from their anal glands. They are primarily nocturnal predators and are fearless. They are not scared to defend themselves against much larger predators such as coyotes, wolves and bobcats. Their favorite prey includes rabbits, chipmunks, ducks, birds, mice and even fish. They are incredible swimmers and agile climbers. In fact if the water temperature is not to cold, they can swim for three straight hours without stopping. Mink fur is highly prized by the fur industry, and Mink oil is often used to waterproof leather.