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
- Reporting your observations can help FWC biologist determine the current range
of mink in Florida and pinpoint locations to focus research efforts.
- 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 (Chris.Winchester@myfwc.com).
- You can enter your lat/long directly or you can use the red bubble marker on Google Maps to determine the coordinates.
- 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.
- Enter date animal was observed, organization or user name, and contact email.
- Provide a detailed description of the mink you observed in the comments including appearance and behavior.
- If you wish to submit photos, please upload to the appropriate boxes below.
- Click the Save button below the date entry area..
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