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Biology and Conservation of Musteloids$
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David W. Macdonald, Chris Newman, and Lauren A. Harrington

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198759805

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198759805.001.0001

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European mink: restoration attempts for a species on the brink of extinction

European mink: restoration attempts for a species on the brink of extinction

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(p.370) Chapter 17 European mink: restoration attempts for a species on the brink of extinction
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Biology and Conservation of Musteloids
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Tiit Maran

Madis Põdra

Lauren A. Harrington

David W. Macdonald

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198759805.003.0017

European mink were once widespread across Eurasia, but now exist only in small isolated populations in parts of their former range. A number of factors likely contributed to the decline but direct inter-specific aggression from non-native American mink has been key. This chapter reviews restoration efforts for this species undertaken over the past 17 years on the (American mink-free) Estonian Island of Hiiumaa (where captive-bred European mink have been released in an attempt to create an island sanctuary) and in Spain (one of the few European countries were a viable population of European mink may persist). It discusses some of the challenges association with reintroduction efforts, including the potential role of personality types, and reviews the status of European mink in Spain, focusing on the threat associated with the current expansion of American mink there and the urgent need for conservation action.

Keywords:   European mink, endangered, captive-breeding, reintroduction, invasive species, personality

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