American mink Mustela vison in the upper Thames catchment: Relationship with selected prey species and den availability

American mink Mustela vison in the upper Thames catchment: Relationship with selected prey... American mink Mustela vison and three prey types of economic and conservation importance were censused along four rivers in the Upper Thames catchment area. There were no significant correlations between any measures of mink abundance and any measures of fish or moorhen Gallinula chloropus abundance, suggesting that mink were neither limiting nor limited by these prey items. Water voles Arvicola terrestris , however, were negatively correlated with mink, being absent at four sites where mink were most numerous. Sites at which mink were most numerous had a high availability of potential den sites and low emergent vegetation cover, but there were no correlations between water voles and the availability of their preferred habitat. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biological Conservation Elsevier

American mink Mustela vison in the upper Thames catchment: Relationship with selected prey species and den availability

Biological Conservation, Volume 76 (1) – Jan 1, 1996

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 1996 Elsevier Ltd
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0006-3207
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10.1016/0006-3207(95)00072-0
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Abstract

American mink Mustela vison and three prey types of economic and conservation importance were censused along four rivers in the Upper Thames catchment area. There were no significant correlations between any measures of mink abundance and any measures of fish or moorhen Gallinula chloropus abundance, suggesting that mink were neither limiting nor limited by these prey items. Water voles Arvicola terrestris , however, were negatively correlated with mink, being absent at four sites where mink were most numerous. Sites at which mink were most numerous had a high availability of potential den sites and low emergent vegetation cover, but there were no correlations between water voles and the availability of their preferred habitat.

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Biological ConservationElsevier

Published: Jan 1, 1996

References

  • The food of feral mink ( Mustela vison ) in Scotland
    Akande, M.
  • Mink
    Birks, J.D.S.
  • The diet of the feral mink ( Mustela vison ) in southwest Britain
    Chanin, P.R.F.; Linn, I.J.

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