Bob Hines, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Mustela vison

The mink is the most common water mammal predator (meat eater) in Minnesota. This excellent little swimmer can be found in nearly every wetland, lake, and stream in the BWCA, so keep your eyes open as you canoe those beautiful lakes.  The mink eats nearly all creatures that live at the water, including small fish, crayfish, ducks, and water mammals. The mink is small and long (14-20" long including its 5-9" tail, weighing 2-4 lbs.), with small rounded ears, light to dark glistening fur, and a white or yellowish belly and chest. 

Other Wildlife of the BWCA
Black Bear Moose Red Fox
Wolves & Coyotes Wood Chucks Cougar, Lynx, Bobcat
Rabbits Mink Gophers
Porcupines Otters, Beavers, Fisher White Tailed Deer