Black Mink - Mink were first farmed for their fur in Ireland in the early 1950's. They are members of the weasel family. Since the 1950's mink have become firmly established in the wild throughout Ireland. Mink are fast, agile carnivores and will eat anything that they can catch and kill. Their diet is made up of fish mainly but they will also predate birds, young rabbits, rats and crayfish. A male is very territorial and will not tolerate another male within its territory becoming very aggressive and defensive. Photographs from Lough Ramor in Co. Cavan and Lough Glen in Co. Longford.
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▼ Black Mink at Lough Ramor Co. Cavan.
▼ Black Mink at Lough Glen in County Longford