The James River Park System - Richmond, VA

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Family: Mustelidae

Carnivore / Predator
Native to Virginia

Mink Factsheet

American Mink


A member of the weasel family and cousin to the river otter, weasels, and badgers, the American mink is rarely seen within the James River Park System. The mink dwells in forested areas near bodies of water and hunts fish, small rodents, amphibians, crustaceans, and insects.

Recorded activity in the James River Park

Catching a glimpse of this secretive Mustelid was one of the big surprises of the season. Can mink live here in the middle of our 'Central Park'? Video on June 15 around 9am says 'yes'.

Wet mink on Vimeo.

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