Mink sighting in the big city

On Dec. 29, a mink was sighted in Rich Menger’s backyard around 5 p.m. Minks are small mammals with long, thin bodies, short legs, pointed snouts and non-retractable claws.

These soft creatures are related to ermines, ferrets and weasels and look much like these relatives, but wolverines, otters, and badgers also belong to this group. Minks are carnivores, which means they eat meat.

Muskrats, chipmunks, squirrels, mice, rabbits, fish, snakes, frogs and water fowl are all part of the mink’s diet. I don’t imagine there would be many house cats that would like to tangle with a mink, Menger suggested.