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Habitat Suitability Index Models: Mink

FWS/OBS 82/10.61

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Abstract

The mink (Mustela vison) is a predatory, semiaquatic mammal that is generally associated with stream and river banks, lake shores, fresh and saltwater marshes, and marine shore habitats (Gerell 1970).  Mink are chiefly nocturnal and remain active throughout the year (Marshall 1936); Gerell 1969; Burgess 1978).  The species is adaptable in its use of habitat, modifying daily habits according to environmental conditions, particularly prey availability (Wise et al. 1981; Linn and Birds 1981; Birks and Linn 1982).  The species is tolerant of human activity and will inhabit suboptimum habitats as long as an adequate food source is available; however, mink will be more mobile and change home ranges more frequently under such conditions (Linn pers. comm.).

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
Federal Government Series
Title:
Habitat Suitability Index Models: Mink
Series title:
FWS/OBS
Series number:
82/10.61
Subseries:
Habitat Suitability Index
Edition:
Revised May 1984
Year Published:
1983
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contributing office(s):
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
vi, 19 p.