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[[Image:Mink - Lower Saranac Lake.jpg|thumb|left|A wild mink, [[Lower Saranac Lake]].]]
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[[Image:Mink - Lower Saranac Lake.jpg|thumb|left|A wild mink, Lower Saranac Lake.]]
A '''mink''' is any of several furry, dark-colored, semi-[[aquatic animal|aquatic]], [[carnivorous]] [[mammal]]s of the family [[Mustelidae]], which also includes the [[weasel]]s and the [[otter]]s. It is naturally found in [[North America]]. Mink [[fur]] has been highly prized for its use in [[clothing]], with [[hunting]] giving way to large-scale mink [[fur farming|farming]]. Its treatment has also been a focus of much [[animal welfare]] [[activism]].
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A '''mink''' is any of several furry, dark-colored, semi-[[aquatic animal|aquatic]], [[carnivorous]] [[mammal]]s of the family [[Mustelidae]], which also includes the [[weasel]]s and the [[otter]]s. It is naturally found in North America. Mink fur has been highly prized for its use in [[clothing]], with [[hunting]] giving way to large-scale mink farming. Its treatment has also been a focus of much [[animal welfare]] [[activism]].
   
While mortality is extremely high in the early months of the life of the [[American Mink]], animals that do survive the first year can live as long as three years in the wild. In captivity, mink can live 10–12 years and have on average 4–5 kits per litter once a year. The mink is found in places which suit its habits throughout almost all [[North America]], from [[Florida]] to the [[Arctic]]. An endangered [[subspecies]], the Everglades Mink (''Mustela vison evergladensis''), is endemic to the [[Florida Everglades]].
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While mortality is extremely high in the early months of the life of the [[American Mink]], animals that do survive the first year can live as long as three years in the wild. In captivity, mink can live 10–12 years and have on average 4–5 kits per litter once a year. The mink is found in places which suit its habits throughout almost all North America, from Florida to the Arctic. An endangered [[subspecies]], the Everglades Mink (''Mustela vison evergladensis''), is endemic to the Florida Everglades.
   
American Mink of other subspecies have found their way into the wild in [[Europe]] (including [[Great Britain]]) and [[South America]], after many were released from or escaped from mink farms which were no longer commercially viable.[http://www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/scottish/wisles/mink1.pdf] Trapping is used to control and eliminate any feral mink.
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American Mink of other subspecies have found their way into the wild in Europe (including Great Britain) and [[South America]], after many were released from or escaped from mink farms which were no longer commercially viable.[http://www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/scottish/wisles/mink1.pdf] Trapping is used to control and eliminate any feral mink.
   
 
== Species ==
 
== Species ==
 
*[[American Mink]] ''Neovison vison''
 
*[[American Mink]] ''Neovison vison''
*[[Sea Mink]] ''Neovison macrodon'' (extinct)
 
{{commons|category:Neovison}}
 
{{wikispecies|Neovison}}
 
   
[[Category:Mammals of North America]]
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?Mink
American Mink (Neovison vison)
American Mink (Neovison vison)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Genus: Neovison
Species

Neovison vison
Neovison macrodon

File:Mink - Lower Saranac Lake.jpg

A mink is any of several furry, dark-colored, semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, which also includes the weasels and the otters. It is naturally found in North America. Mink fur has been highly prized for its use in clothing, with hunting giving way to large-scale mink farming. Its treatment has also been a focus of much animal welfare activism.

While mortality is extremely high in the early months of the life of the American Mink, animals that do survive the first year can live as long as three years in the wild. In captivity, mink can live 10–12 years and have on average 4–5 kits per litter once a year. The mink is found in places which suit its habits throughout almost all North America, from Florida to the Arctic. An endangered subspecies, the Everglades Mink (Mustela vison evergladensis), is endemic to the Florida Everglades.

American Mink of other subspecies have found their way into the wild in Europe (including Great Britain) and South America, after many were released from or escaped from mink farms which were no longer commercially viable.[1] Trapping is used to control and eliminate any feral mink.

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