Help Identify mustelid (Central MA)

4 Comments
  1. mac hunter 11 months ago

    The frogs calling are a clue… This is an American mink.

  2. Greg C. Greer 11 months ago

    Awesome video. American mink and probably a male due to a fairly large and robust body. I could not see the white chin spot that could clinch identification but the only other remote possibility would be a fisher. I have a friend who found a DOR fisher on Cape Cod, earlier this year. Unfortunately, it was a lactating female. Your video though suggests mink, which are abundant in wetland type habitats.

  3. Lee Harding 11 months ago

    Mink, unless some European mustelid is on the loose. Short, rounded ears, head flat in profile, and short legs suggest a mink. Wild mink are uniformly chocolate brown with white chin patch, but feral domesticated mink are variable in colour Same size as marten, which has a rounded head in profile, longer, triangular ears, bushier tail, orange chin patch, longer legs and even in such a low-contrast B & W image a marten would show darker feet and tip of tail.

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    wildlife_watcher 11 months ago

    Thanks everyone, here’s a compilation of some of the species my two camera traps caught facing each other. I put them out at the end of July and the browning lasted until mid November the cuddleback until mid-December. The cuddleback didn’t capture many photos in general but I am happy with the ones it did. I think I set to to a lower sensitivity to avoid a card full of wind photos, I may have to back that off a little but. https://youtu.be/KhBx_xwhSlE

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