Pays to keep the live traps set year round 24 / 7. While doing chores in the blizzard with 40 to 50 mph wind gusts, I noticed something in one of the livetraps, thought it was a squirrel from the size at a distance; when I got closer I realized it was a mink. Glad he went into the trap before he could start killing birds. Last spring we lost several geese, mostly nesting pairs to a mink in one night. It surprized me cause I had not rebaited the trap after i caught a coon a couple weeks ago. I set the trap after I shot the coon, but didn't get time to put bait in yet. But the trap was next to one of the grain bins so he must have walked in as he was probably headed to the bird pens.