American mink

Habitat Types of American Mink (Neovison Vison Schreber, 1777) on for Example of Northern Lower Volga

Objective of the study – to identify biotopical American mink in the north of the Lower Volga region and conduct its ranking analyzed the predator population density in model habitats. We used the methods of accounting the route trail mapping and detection of sites with use GPS-navigator. Calculation animals identified on individual sites using camera traps, as well as classical methods of estimation of population density of predatory mammals. Statistical analysis was performed using cluster analysis.

Seasonal Dynamics of Nutrition American Mink (Neovison Vison Schreber, 1777) in the Coastal Zone River B. Irgiz

Spend seasonal estimation diet of American mink on the river B. Irgiz between 2000 and 2011. The basis of nutrition predator: spring – amphibians (24.5% BIO), crayfish (43.1% BIO), mammals (21.3% BIO); summer – fish (29.3% BIO), amphibians (22.6% BIO), mammals (13.3% BIO); autumn – amphibians (43.3% BIO), fish (15.5% BIO), mammals (11.8% BIO); winter – fish (30.8% BIO); mammals (30.1% BIO). The regularities of changes in the composition of the diet in the conditions of anthropogenic load. The highest trophic niche fixed summer (BA = =0.76), the lowest – in the winter (BA = 0.12).

Seasonal dynamics Individual Plot Sizes of Males and Females of the American Mink (Neovison vison Schreber, 1777) in the Saratov Region

The estimation size of individual plots the American mink on the res- ervoirs in Saratov region in the period from 2000 to 2014. The average plot size of males – 30.6 hectares, females – 27.8 hectares. During the cold period on most waters plot sizes are increased almost two- fold. Found that females go farther from the center of the rivers and streams than males (females – 203.8 m; males – 166.7 m). American mink is more inclined to the rivers with wide floodplain (χ2 = 26.2; p = 0.01). River with a narrow floodplain populated predator with lower density (χ2 = 15.3; p = 0.04).