Mink-Their Habits and Travel
Mink-Their Habits and Travel-Where do mink live and feed after snow comes and ice forms on lakes and streams hear in the north?
In my opinion, mink travel and feed, in winter, the same as in the fall, except that because of the harder traveling for such a short legged and small footed animal, they make shorter journeys in a night and rest longer between. Like many other animals, they are less active in winter, but they do not den up. You will find that they still travel the same routes but at longer intervals; it sometimes requires three or four times as long for them to make the round. And then if it happens that a storm has come immediately afterwards, the tracks may be obliterated, and you may not see any sights for a month, where in the fall you would see fresh signs in a few days. Again they are so active in fall and are so easily caught, comparatively, because of more favorable conditions, that as a rule but a small percent escape the trapper, and as a consequence by the time the bad weather comes there are few left to make signs. A bait set that would catch then in the fall fails frequently in winter because bait freezes and emits little odor.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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