The food of feral mink (Mustela vison) in Scotland
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 167, Issue 4, pages 475–479, August 1972
How to Cite
Akande, M. (1972), The food of feral mink (Mustela vison) in Scotland. Journal of Zoology, 167: 475–479. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1972.tb01738.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 8 February 1972
Feral American mink (Mustela vison) thrive in Scotland. The potential impact of the mink on the native fauna was investigated through its food. Fifty-five stomachs and 33 scats were analysed by identifying the indigestible remains. Fish formed the main prey (49% occurrence) and birds and mammals 28% and 23% respectively. Most of the fish eaten were Salmonidae (brown trout and salmon). No remains of eels were found.
Mink may compete with otters for food, but the smaller prey taken by the mink and its greater use of land separates it from the otter. Mink seem to be occupying a vacant feeding niche in Scotland.