Protecting European minks against an alien invader
The European mink is considered the most endangered mammal in Europe. Once widespread all over Europe, the mink population has reduced considerably due to over-hunting and loss of natural habitats. Another factor contributing to its decline is the introduction of an invasive species – the domestic American mink. Larger and less habitat-restricted, the American mink also appears to have access to a wider variety of food items. The EU-funded MINKS project will compare the jaws of both types of mink species to assess their range of foods and extent of dietary competition. The findings will assist in the formulation of conservation strategies.
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