Details of this species in Lithuania
Source: Brzezinski and Marzec, 2003
Species Notes for this Location:
Mustela vison (American mink) were introduced to Europe for fur farming. They were released into the wild in the former Soviet Union between 1933 and 1963 to establish a harvestable population. In the years up to 1971, up to 20,400 mink were released at over 250 sites (Pavlov and Korsakova, 1973; in MacDonald and Harrington, 2003). Mink are now established as an invasive species in the former USSR, and their spread is associated with the decline of the European mink (Mustela lutreola) (MacDonald and Harrington, 2003).
Management Notes for this Location:
Competition: The spread of the Mustela vison is associated with the decline of the European mink (see Mustela lutreola in IUCN Red List of Threatened Species) in the former USSR. There is considerable overlap in the diet of the two species in some parts of their range (MacDonald and Harrington, 2003).
Last Modified: 13/03/2006 12:34:20 p.m.