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Coming across a mink in Kawartha Lakes is always a treat

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Photographing the elusive mink

Wildlife photographer Dave Ellis wrote about photographing minks for MyKawartha.com. He said, "I think I have more pictures of their tail ends as they dart behind cover more than any other animal. It seems you are always one step behind them with the camera." He suggests looking near the shore where there are dead logs. You need to be quick if you want to snap a picture of these adorable animals!

Coming across a mink in Kawartha Lakes is always a treat

The mink, properly called the American mink, is one of the cutest animals in our area. It is always a treat to see a mink in the wild. They are very fast, elusive little creatures. I think I have more pictures of their tail ends as they dart behind cover more than any other animal. It seems you are always one step behind them with the camera. Every once in a while you catch one, though, if you watch closely and are ready. Famous for their rich fur, and their voracious appetite for farm fowl, it is a wonder there are any mink left in the wild, but surprisingly they have actually expanded their range. Mink establish a territory, most often near water. They are very adept swimmers and have no trouble catching fish, frogs or crayfish to eat. Their dens can be burrows into the river bank, a muskrat mound that they take over, or a crevice in the rocks.

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