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The European mink chooses to live in sections of small or medium sized rivers with little current, many small channels, islands, dykes and marshes permanently covered by water and with sloping banks. 

All these areas feature dense plant coverage of brambles, reeds and vegetation accumulated during flooding, used by the mink as a shelter and for breeding. This choice of habitat is very obvious in the case of the females and, particularly, during the breeding period from April to July.

The European mink is highly territorial, with considerable spatial requirements, despite its small size. Whilst the males occupy sections that are 10 kilometres in length (without invading territories inhabited by other males), the females tend to occupy smaller sections of around 4 kilometres. Therefore, several females come within a male's territory.


    Gestión Ambiental de Navarra, S.A. Fundación Crana Tragsa


    Gobierno de Navarra Gobierno de España

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