Who knew there was mink in Maryland?
This week a mink was killed by a car out on the main road in front of our house. Randy happened to be driving by right after the mink's ill-fated accident. He checked the mink to see what it actually was and if it was still alive. It had died. At first he wasn't sure what it was because we didn't think we had mink in this area, but after some quick research from the Maryland Department of Natural Resource (DNR) webpages we determined it was, in fact, a mink.
From the MD DNR webage: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Hunt_Trap/furbearers/mustelids.asp
Mink are small cylinder shaped animals ranging from approximately 19-30 in., and 1.5 - 4 lbs. Males tend to be 1.5 times larger than females. Their fur is short and glossy and can vary from light brown to almost black. They also possess white chin and/or chest patches that vary in size from individual to individual. Mink are semi-aquatic and utilize all types of quality wetlands within their range. They frequent suitable bodies of water ranging from fresh and brackish marshes to farm ponds and fast moving trout streams. Dependent on seasonal availability, mink prey upon birds, small mammals, fish, amphibians, and crustaceans.
I certainly wouldn't call this area "quality wetlands", although there is a stream/small river which runs through the area. I'm going to have to take the ATV out to see if there's any water left in the little river - maybe this weekend. The mink in the area, if there are any more left, are probably hating the dry hot summer even worse than we are!