Report Mink Sightings in Florida Using the Mapping Tool Below

  • Mink occur in Florida but are rarely observed in the wild.
  • Understanding the abundance and distribution of mink in the state is extremely difficult because this species is small sized, fast moving, and excellent at remaining out of sight.
  • Reporting your observations can help FWC biologist determine the current range of mink in Florida and pinpoint locations to focus research efforts.
Identifying Mink:
  • Mink are relatively small with a long sleek body, thick tail, small ears, and small eyes. Typically, mink are between 1.5 to 2.5 feet in length from nose to tip of tail and weigh up to 4 pounds as adults.
  • Mink have a dark chocolate colored body and sometimes a small patch of white along the chin and throat.
  • Mink are usually found near water, and can be seen swimming or running along banks. However, mink can also be found on dry land.
  • Mink are usually active at night, early in the morning, or late in the evening.
  • Mink can be confused with otter and weasel. Otters look similar to mink but are much larger in size (10-30 pounds). Weasels are smaller than mink, and have a distinct bicolored appearance with brown along the back and yellowish along the belly.
How to Participate:
  • FWC is interested in ANY sightings of mink including personal observations, pictures from trail cameras, or even animals killed on the road. Any pictures of mink or mink tracks are also desirable.
  • More recent sightings (within the past year) are preferred, but older sightings are appreciated. If a sighting is not recent, please remember to put the correct year and month if possible.
  • Additional comments, questions or pictures can be sent to Chris Winchester (
  1. You can enter your lat/long directly or you can use the red marker on Google Maps to determine the coordinates.
  2. Drag the marker to the approximate location then use the zoom bar on the left side of the map to help pin-point the desired location.
  3. Enter date animal was observed, organization or user name, and contact email.
  4. Provide a detailed description of the mink you observed in the comments including appearance and behavior.
  5. If you wish to submit photos, please upload to the appropriate boxes below.
  6. Click the Submit button below the date entry area.
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If you have an interest in managing your property for mink or any other wildlife,
please contact one of our private lands wildlife biologists for
Management Assistance
Thank you very much for your participation in this survey, your contributions to this effort are invaluable!