Help Identify mustelid (Central MA)

4 Comments
  1. mac hunter 3 weeks ago

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

  2. Greg C. Greer 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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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