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Reproductive cycle

The European mink mating season is from mid-March to the end of April, and, from mid-May to the end of June, the females restrict their movements to a small area around their den, where they give birth. 

During July, the females and their young (normally 1 -3 per litter) progressively extend their movements outside the small area around their den. The areas selected for giving birth and raising their young are located next to small streams, channels and islands, and wetlands located on the banks of the generally frequented water courses. In this way they appear to avoid any flooding and rises in river levels that generally take place in May after heavy storms. 

These areas offer a very dense plant coverage, comprising aquatic plants, large brambles and the accumulation of the remains of plants deposited by the floods, providing the minks with adequate shelter.


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