Bookmark and Share
Printer Friendly Bookmark and Share

Is Ferretlike Wild Animal Dangerous?

A wild animal similar to a ferret invades a barn.

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: August 29, 2008, 6 p.m. EDT

Q: We had a small ferretlike animal in our barn. He was jet black and had a very vicious scream when our cat went near him. He had a long tail and a very long slender body. We live in Victoria, BC, Canada. Do you have any idea what this animal is, and would he be a threat to my cat?

A: I would guess you saw a mink. The long and slender body with dark brown or black fur sounds like a mink and they are found in British Columbia. The scream also sounds like a mink, especially if you have a water source nearby. My advice is to steer clear of the mink as they can be quite dangerous. Mink usually stick near water to find food and may only be in the barn for warmth. They are wild animals and could pose a hazard to your cat, but I don’t think the mink would be in the barn for too long. Keep an eye on the cat, and be sure it is up to date on its vaccinations.

 Give us your opinion on
Is Ferretlike Wild Animal Dangerous?

Submit a Comment   Join Club
Earn 1,000 points! What's this?
Reader Comments
Thanks for the question, William. Minks live in most of the United States, although the Southwest seems to lack them. They prefer wetland habitats. This info sheet from the EPA sheds more light.LINK
Marylou, Irvine, CA
Posted: 1/12/2015 6:38:52 PM
I have never seen a live mink in the wild. I would like to know in what states of United States are they to be found in.
William, San Francisco, CA
Posted: 12/24/2014 1:51:00 PM
They say this is a dangerous little animal. Even though they are small, pound for pound they are very tough and can fight. Many animals do not weigh very much, bucan fight good.
William, San Francisco, CA
Posted: 6/25/2014 8:00:45 PM
A good description of a mink. I have heard that they are tough little animals.
William, San Francisco, CA
Posted: 9/20/2013 7:52:01 PM
View Current Comments

Rabbits USA
Rabbits USA
Top Products

Hi my name's Reese

Visit the Photo Gallery to
cast your vote!