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Seems to have sorted itself.

My apologies!

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Hi Lord Paul - if it is a mink I shall be very disappointed and just a bit surprised.
As you know I do a lot of work with the BA conservation volunteers and up at How Hill we have been on the look out for some time. We have equipment out on the marshes to show tracks and so far have not seen any evidence of mink.
Now otters - thats different and we reckon because they have quite large territories that there are otters almost, if not, everywhere.
There is some anecdotal evidence to suggest that the two don't mix too well and that the steady rise in the otter population is keeping the spread of mink down, or at least slowing it considerably.
So on balance probably an otter or so I hope!!!

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Can I just add - for Richard this is meant - the pictures I have put on, on this thread are some how getting mixed up very badly.

May be because of same file names ????

The first picture on this thread is no longer mine ???

As The Commodore pointed out above, something is going not quiet right.

Marshman, my first picture - where ever that has now gone - was taken just  a few yards down stream from my moorings at Wayford Bridge.
Leigh (tuppence) and I saw what I would think would have been a Mink - swimming near Hunsette Mill near Easter this year.

I too hope it was an Otter but have my doubts.


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Have renamed my picture.

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HI All,
what is the official position on Mink.
If they do indeed overpopulate,are they going to treated the same as Copyu?
Just a thought as it seems very hard to tell them apart,i have seen Otters at the zoo etc but never to my knowledge seen a Mink.

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Paul,
IMHO that's a mink - fur looks wrong for an otter and head too small and pointy.

Roy,
IMV there is only one thing to do with these nasty (and I mean vicious!) North American interlopers  Exterminate

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Morning Richard,

It's still not right. If you click to enlarge my mink picture (which is the right one) the enlargement is of Paul's picture. Anyway, let it pass...............

In the 80's I was invited by the Min of Ag, as they were then, to tender for the contract to eradicate the coypu. We spent many hours putting this plan together and presented it in London.

Blow me if they didn't pinch all the best bits and go off and do it themselves!

The large bound document they produced as a result of our deliberations did comment towards the back that there were enough mink, porcupine and capybara on the loose in this country to each become as big a problem as the coypu.

Capybara are the worlds biggest rodents, about the size of a small pig. I'm told that being vegetarian, they are good eating, as are coypu, Roy!

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That is 150% defintely NOT an otter!!!! Everything about it is not otter. Fur colour, fir texture, eyes, ears, snout shape. I am only 149% sure it is a mink.(For the record I am looking at the swimming creature!).

And I'm always right. Just ask the wife!

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Paul have you sent the pic to the NWT/ If it is a mink (which I doubt) it is bad news because i have seen several animals the same which I have always thought were otters on limekiln dyke and that end of Barton around Gays Cove. Same behaviour i.e swimming on the surface, I always assumed that this was just because they were not hunting.

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For me this is most definitely a mink, its the snout that gives it away.Any history in any old mink farms in the area.
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