l The American Mink - Mustela Vison - is found naturally in Alaska, Canada and most of the United States.
l Mink are usually solitary animals.
l The animals are proficient hunters.
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l They like wooded areas as well as fields near streams and lakes.
l Their varied diet consists largely of birds, small mammals, fish and crabs.
l Mating occurs during winter; males and females may have more than one partner.
l Females give birth to three or four young, or kits, during the early spring.
l They are also raised in fur farms. Some of these have established themselves in the wild after escaping from the farms.
l Tens of thousands of mink were intentionally introduced by the Soviet Union over several decades to provide a new game animal for trappers.
l Animal rights activists have also released several thousands of the animals in attacks on fur farms.