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Snow Storm Surprize

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by spectrumranch, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. 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.




  2. jhm47

    jhm47 Songster

    Sep 7, 2008
    Congratulations! That is a very nice looking mink, and it appears to be in prime condition. Hope you saved the skin. And---a special thanks for not relocating (aka dumping your problem off on someone else). I have lost many a valuable bird to mink. They are the most bloodthirsty little demons alive. They will kill till there is nothing left to kill, and then eat just a tiny bit. Keeping them out of a pen is very difficult. They can climb fairly well, dig under fences, and fit through the tiniest holes to get into a pen and kill just for the fun of it. Good job!
  3. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Congrats. Shows that indeed it does pay to keep a trap baited at all times.Coons and possums are the most numerous preds on the ground here in my area, but coyotes are a big problem in neighboring counties. One guy lost 34 pullets to them. They dug into his barn and got every pullet he had.[​IMG]
  4. Ibicella

    Ibicella Songster

    Nov 13, 2009
    Everett, WA
    Awww, he's such a cute little fuzzy thing!

    Amazing how horribly destructive and nasty they really are. Beware the cute.

    Whatcha gonna do with the fur if you saved it?
  5. miladachicken

    miladachicken Chirping

    Jul 12, 2009
    He is a cutie! And a big problem maker too. I'm glad the trap was out there! [​IMG]
  6. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    ok, 340 something more to go and we have a coat!!!!
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Wow! Glad you caught that one before he caused to many problems for you and your flock. [​IMG]

  8. LilDucky85

    LilDucky85 Songster

    Feb 8, 2009
    Northern, Illinois
    Do they live in Illinois too?? I hope not now!
  9. onecent

    onecent Songster

    awww, how could something, sitting there looking all cute and innocent, [​IMG] be so mean & blood-thirsty! [​IMG]
  10. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    You're lucky you caught that guy before he did some real damage! Congrats.

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