Drawing: The Mink, 1888

Report of the Mammalogist and Ornithologist
Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture-1888
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1889
Gould Library Government Documents

The Mink is described as a Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde-type of creature:

It is a species of great economic importance, both on account of the value of its fur and on account of its injurious habits. As an enemy to the poultry yard it ranks ahead of the Weasel and all other North American mammals.

J.H. Van Kirk, of Milton, Pa., writes:

On one occasion I lost eight ducks by a Mink: each one was bitten in the neck.

J.H. Van Kirk