Recently estimated at fewer than 10,000, the mink population may be in deep water. In fact, the semi-aquatic creatures are losing their habitats at a rapid rate.
Only one of two meat-eating, native European species adapted to live an aquatic lifestyle, mink rarely travel more than 100 yards from water sources. These small and friendly critters typically breed near, catch prey from frogs to fish in, and raise their young around small rivers and marshes.
Unfortunately, space is running out for both European and American mink, who compete with each other for resources. Hopefully, researchers and citizens alike can work to restore the mink's space and numbers!