FWC asks public to report mink sightings
Mink are rare in Florida, and wildlife biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are hoping to learn more about this small mammal. But they need the public’s help to find out where it occurs. People can report evidence such as mink sightings, photos and road-killed specimens online.
Adult mink weigh 2-3 pounds and measure about 2 feet in length. Fur can be dark chocolate or a light rusty brown. Sometimes there is a patch of white along the chin and under the throat.
“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 FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
Winchester said there are three known subspecies of mink in Florida – Atlantic salt marsh mink, Gulf salt marsh mink and Everglades mink. Although there is a scarcity of information about the three subspecies, only the Everglades mink is listed as threatened.
Some people confuse mink with other species such as otters and weasels, but whereas mink are quite small, otters typically weigh 10 to 30 pounds and are 3 feet or more long. Weasels look similar to mink, but are smaller and have brown fur along their backs and pale yellow fur along the entire belly.
Mink are strictly carnivorous, eating fish, frogs, crayfish, crabs and various birds and small mammals.
For more information about this study and to submit sightings to the FWC, visit MyFWC.com/Research, click on Wildlife, and select “Public Asked to Share Mink Sightings” under “Terrestrial Mammals.”
Pet Expo of Pinellas
The INDOOR, AIR CONDITIONED, PET FRIENDLY event, Pet Expo of Pinellas is right around the corner! Now is the time to sign up to join HSP on August 3rd at Minnreg Hall in Largo for this epic event offering a professional expo style space with table, chairs & drape for indoor vendors.
• Pet Fashion Show Contest for Calendar inclusion
• Adoptable pets
• Vaccine/Microchips offered
• Doggie Splash Zone outside
• Flash Mob
• …and MORE
Pet Expo of Pinellas
Saturday, August 3rd, 9am-3pm
6340 126th Ave.
Humane Society of Pinellas
Florida Animal Care Professionals Development Workshop
at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo!
“Stop the Stereotypes” – reducing stereotypical behaviors
through enrichment and training.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
from 4 – 8 p.m.
in Reilly’s Reserve
at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W. Sligh Ave. Tampa, FL 33604
2 p.m. – Early Arrival Behind-the-Scenes Zoo Tour
3 p.m. – Hands-on Animal Training
4-4:30 p.m. – Workshop Check-in & Light Refreshments
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Dr. Mark H. Lewis from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida
5:30-6 p.m. – Q & A with Dr. Lewis
6 p.m.-7 p.m. – Dinner & Guest Speaker on Fire Ants
7-7:30 p.m. – Discussion on Sterotypical Behaviors
7:30-8 p.m. – Discussion on the Use of Enrichment with Sterotypical Behaviors
Registration Fee: $10 per person
Register online at https://your.lowryparkzoo.com/facpdworkshop
Questions? Please email FACPDevelopmentWorkshop@gmail.com
or call (813) 935-8552 ext. 300
Don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE for FACPD Workshop #6
at Myakka Lemur Reserve on Thursday, November 21, 2013.
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