Eradication project sees mink set to disappear from the Western Isles

SCOTLAND - Moves to wipe out the destructive American mink from the Western Isles are on course with signs the species is disappearing from many areas.

The animals have become scarce on North and South Uist and Benbecula following work by the Hebridean Mink Project.

Up to 10,000 adult mink are thought to have colonised the islands with several hundred in the Uists. The voracious animals have been blamed for killing poultry, raiding fish farms and threatening internationally important bird colonies in the islands for decades by eating chicks and eggs.

Source: The Scotsman
calendar icon 17 August 2005
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