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Wildlife Officials are Reporting Mink Sightings in Florida

Recently, there have been official reports of mink sightings, a rare mammal that is primary nocturnal. In an effort to learn more about minks, Florida wildlife officials have asked the public to report any sightings.

"We know that mink are more likely to be found in and near salt-marsh habitat on both coasts of Florida but the reports people provide will help us pinpoint where we do research," said Chris Winchester, wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

Wildlife officials would like to study and learn more about the rare mammal, but it has proven to be difficult because the minks are small, fast and extremely good at staying out of sight. As far as the wildlife officials know, there are three particular subspecies of mink in Florida at this time: Atlantic salt marsh mink, Gulf salt marsh mink and Everglades mink. Even with minimal information, the wildlife officials say that the Everglades mink is listed as threatened.

The American minks are hardly observed, as they are mostly active at night, being they are nocturnal animals. They can often be found near the water, swimming or running along the banks.

The public can report sightings online at this website. The reporting system is integrated with Google Maps so that visitors can observe the exact locations of the mink sightings that have been reported. Per the commission, there have been over 80 sighting so far, along with photos of the minks in their natural habitat.

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