Lutra 50(1)_de Jongh et al_2007

European mink (Mustela lutreola) still surviving in Ukrainian deltas of the Danube and Dniester

The Ukrainian part of the Danube delta was surveyed between 26 February and 3 March 2007 to determine if the European mink (Mustela lutreola) (photo 1) still occurs in that area. Live traps were built (photo 2), similar to those used by Kranz et al. (2004) in 2003 and 2004 in the Romanian part of the Danube delta. With a nightly average of 18 traps set, we were able to trap two European mink in three trapping nights (1 male and 1 female near 45o18’ N, 29o44’ E; figure1). A hair sample was taken for genetic analysis after which the animals were released. Due to bad weather conditions....