We have a mink killing all the fish in my back yard koi pond. He just killed 4 last night and it makes me sick. Not sure if I want to trap it and I’d shoot it if I had a gun. Is there is some kind of repeller I can use to keep it out of the yard?
Mink are small members of the weasel family. Dark brown in color, mink have long been sought after for their pelts. Though they only reach 3-5 lbs in size, mink are aggressive and predatory.
Mink will prey upon most anything including rats, mice, fish, rabbit, birds, eggs, insects or muskrat. Because of their long and sleek design, mink will commonly find their way into chicken coops or other animal holding cages where they can kill several of the captive prey animals in a short period of time.
And as you already know, they love stocked fish ponds. When hunting, mink are known to kill whatever it finds.
This characteristic – random slaughtering of prey animals – sometimes confuses the animal owner into thinking local vandals are responsible. They also like to line their kill up along shoreline, fence rows or pathways which can lead to further confusion. It’s hard to imagine such a small animal could be so destructive, aggressive and organized. But if you raise quail, pheasant, chickens, turtles, fish, rabbit or some other small animals, you best hope the local mink don’t find your yard.
WHERE DO MINK LIVE ^
Mink like to live close to water. Dens are commonly made on the banks of streams and creeks but they may choose a location under a rock or log.
Babies are born in April and May and the average litter will have 4-6 young. Mink are active in most every state except one or two in the southwestern region of the United States.
Since mink are usually nocturnal and secretive, they are not easily seen unless the food they seek is active and only available during the day. Mink will forage several acres to find food and if you keep free roam chicken, they will be targeted.
Chicken coops are another mink magnet. Sleeping birds are easy target as are the eggs kept in nests. Rabbits too seem to attract mink as well so if you find animal pens vandalized or if something super small has forced open some wire fencing, it could be a mink.
HOW TO KEEP MINK OUT OF THE YARD ^
Once mink find your property, they’ll keep coming around if you have something they can eat. To keep them out, install SOUND REPELLERS along property borders. This device sends our a high frequency ultrasound mink do not like and one encounter with the unit going off will usually keep them away for good.
These units can be configured to run continuously using the included power supply or by 4 “C” cell batteries when set to “motion detector”. This setting will keep the unit in standby mode watching the area for movement. As soon as an intruding animal like a mink enters the protected zone of coverage, the device will go off for 20 seconds.
Units have a range of settings including day operation only, night operation only or 24 hours a day. The motion detector has a range of 40-50 feet when kept 1-2 feet up off the ground and this setting is adjustable too.
To get the biggest impact, use the units with the audible sound turned up as high as you can use it on your property. Starting at 20-40 DB is usually high enough but if possible, keep it at 60-80. This way when it goes off, the ultrasound will be active along with the white flashing light bar and the audible sound. In most cases, one close call with this device will cause the mink to leave and never return.
These units include a wireless key so you can turn them off/on as needed. This way you can turn them off if you need to access the protected zone for some reason. This wireless remote also has an “alarm” button so you can use this to “scare” approaching animals long before they get too close.
Sound repellers are very much directional so they will only work in the direction they’re pointed. So to protect a small pond, set the unit 10-20 feet off to one side but keep the unit pointing at the directions where mink are most likely approach. Units can cover up to 5,000 of open area but if the landscape is cluttered with vegetation, this will obscure its range so take this into account.
For easy installation, MOUNTING BLOCKS are handy. They can accept 1 or 2 repellers (picture to the right) and have a 1/2″ hole on their bottom so they will easily fit over a 1/2″ piece of rebar or any other wood or plastic stake. Ultra Sound Repellers will work fine by themselves as long as you have a good place to set them up. But we highly recommend getting the Units with Mounting Blocks in the kits we offer. Mounting Blocks allow you to place units anywhere and they will save time too.
We also feature several accessories for our sound repeller including POWER CORD EXTENDERS (33 FEET AND 66 FEET), CIGARETTE LIGHTER POWER ADAPTER, ALLIGATOR CLIP POWER CORD and AC POWER SUPPLY REPLACEMENTS.
HOW TO TRAP MINK WITH LIVE OR KILL TRAPS ^
There are many ways to trap a mink. The best trap to use will depend on where you plan on trapping and which design you are comfortable using. Traps fall into two categories or trap design: Live Traps or Kill Traps.
LIVE TRAP CAGE FOR MINK ^
The first type, live trapping, can be done with an LT7824 LIVE TRAP. Since mink are wary of anything new to their environment, it will really help if you either hide or partially bury the trap when making a set. Keeping the wire floor of the trap covered with dirt or mud will help so when they enter, they don’t feel uncomfortable.
Leaves, brush and plants can be placed along the sides and top of the cage to mask the enclosure.
This trap measures 7″ wide by 8″ tall and 24″ long. In general, it will be large enough to catch any mink.