Mink, Vancouver Island, BC
Mink, Vancouver Island, BC, Photo By Robert Logan

The west coast mink is a common sight on the shores of the Pacific Northwest coast. It is mostly seen around water and is an incredible swimmer. It feeds on small aquatic animals – crabs & fish, as well as birds, and small mammals. It is not uncommon, though, to see them kill a much larger animal.

They are small, slim, and sleek. Their coats are a glossy, dark brown, often with a white patch on the throat. Males weigh under 2 kg, females are about half that weight.

Mating occurs in late spring, with the young being born in July. The litters usually contain 4 – 5 babies. Females mature in about a year, and males take about six months longer to reach full maturity.

While you can find mink throughout the length of BC’s coast, there are none on Haida Gwaii. I love watching them scurry about the beach, looking for tidbits of food. They are a beautiful little creature, for sure!

A message from Bud

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The maximum upload file size: 128 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop files here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.