1 September 2014 Resting-Site Selection of American Minks in East-Central New York
Damon M. Haan, Richard S. Halbrook
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Research related to resting-site selection among native Neovison vison (American Mink) populations in North America is scarce. We radio-tracked 35 American Minks from March 2008-September 2011 along the Hudson River, NY, and its tributaries to evaluate restmg-site characteristics and selection. We located 583 resting sites, consisting primarily of boulder piles and riprap along the Hudson River (35.6%) and bank burrows along tributaries (29.0%). Results of logistic regression analysis revealed that the percentage of shoreline cover with woody debris best predicted resting-site selection <10 m from water and shoreline cover was the most important single-parameter model. Shorelines that provide abundant cover may help to conceal American Mink activity while also providing resting sites that are safe from predators.

Damon M. Haan and Richard S. Halbrook "Resting-Site Selection of American Minks in East-Central New York," Northeastern Naturalist 21(3), 357-368, (1 September 2014). https://doi.org/10.1656/045.021.0304
Published: 1 September 2014
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