LatviešuEnglishПо русский
15.11.2011. Author administrator

European mink is critically endangered species

Everybody has heard about the damage done by American mink to bird populations, but it turns out, that it has also had a deep negative impact on the population of European mink.

On November 10, 2011, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List  team published the results of this year’s update of the estimated conservation status of species. With this estimate the status of at present altogether 61 900 species has been reviewed using objective criteria. In the present assessment the European mink was raised to the critically endangered category. Belonging there means that the species is considered to be critically near extinction.

Among all the predators in the world eight other species are judged to be in the same critical state of danger of extinction. Among all mammals in Europe there are four species besides the European mink in this category, including two predator species: the Iberian mink and the Mediterranean monk seal.

The move of the European mink to a critically endangered species does not in itself mean that its state has worsened drastically from the previous estimate, in 1996, of the global state of the species. The opinion was voiced already then that the European mink might belong to the critically endangered species but lacking sufficient evidence from Russia this could not be ascertained and the European mink stayed in the lower, endangered species category. In this year’s estimate the evidence lacking earlier is included and this made it possible to ascertain the real state of the species.

The decline and extinction of the European Mink cannot be explained with single universal factor. The main factors operating the extinction have been (1) habitat loss, (2) over- exploitation and (3) impact of alien American Mink.

In the European continent, human activities have resulted in large-scale alteration of landscapes, which has had a substantial impact on various habitats and their species. The European Mink has proved to be sensitive to human-induced environmental change and disturbance. As the type and extent of human influence on the species and its biotope has varied in time and between regions in Europe, also the set of factors contributing to the extinction has varied.

The role of the alien American Mink deserves a special attention. Its role has been noted in several reports as a secondary or not at all important factor, usually emphasizing that the decline of the European Mink started before the invasion of American Mink. Further, although there are “time-shot” records on the co-existence of the two mink species, no records demonstrating long-term sympatric coexistence of the two mink species have been traced. Numerous records reveal the local replacement of the European Mink with the American Mink, but no opposite events have been reported. This means that the presence of the American Mink in wide territories across Europe makes the efforts for species recovery a very complicated task.

Source:; IUCN

Tags: american mink, european mink


Pievieno kā viesis, vai ielogojies:

By category

All articles


08.08.2017 pointeur laser bleu peut être modifiée

05.07.2017 ezTalks: Introducing Top Online Collaboration Apps

All articles


17.08.2017 What are the services offered by custom essay writing service rather than other writing services?

11.08.2017 Never miss to buy neverwinter diamonds and items by Safewow new member system

All articles

Hunting Laws & Regulations

10.08.2017 Obtain 50% Off for Swtor Gold From on Aug.14

25.07.2017 Super Website to Attain Cheap Swtor Credits With $10 Cash Coupon

All articles

Hunting methods

18.08.2017 Rs3 Gold Free Giveout From is underway on Aug.25

14.08.2017 $10 Cash Coupon for Rs3 Gold On is Around the corner

All articles

Arms & Accoutrements

01.08.2017 Good Website to Get Cheap Swtor Credits With 2x Reward Points

13.07.2017 60% Off For Rs3 Cheap Gold From is Coming on July 14

All articles

Оptical devices

22.05.2017 Fabulous Website to Achieve Swtor Credits eu with $10 Cash Voucher

All articles

Hunting Clothes & Accessories

14.04.2017 The particular American footbal Moves on From White October

14.04.2017 Seven-run 7th inning kitchen sinks Saluki football

All articles

Gun Dogs

09.01.2012 Spicy Invention Protects Dogs from Wolf Attacks

All articles


28.06.2017 férfi nike free run cipők

All articles

Birds & Mammals

28.06.2017 Schuhe nike verkaufen deutschland 2016

14.04.2017 Most complete Les potential customer throughou

All articles

Wild Game Recipes

02.08.2017 Good time to share neverwinter astral diamonds ps4 and items by Safewow New Member System

28.06.2017 adidas yeezy sneaker netherland

All articles

The rest

14.08.2017 Dont forget to share fast wow gold by Safewow New Member System

09.08.2017 Safewow roll out New Member System for cheapest neverwinter astral diamond and items

Latest comments

administrator Elk with Their Young Ones Roam in the Forests

Guest A soothing boat journey along the Seine supplies views of some of the City of Light key points of interest...

World Exchange Hunt Club Realize your hunting dream!

Guest "Dear hunters, fisherman, wildlife photographers and nature lovers" Nature lovers? Really...

administrator Are foxes killing hunters?

 Andreas Wolf Once I went to some courses about the diseases of roe deer! Believe me, there are thing you don't...

administrator Are foxes killing hunters?

 Drimtry There are so many things out there that could kill us that it's not really worth getting upset about.