I seen that when I was looking at that book link we were talking about... just didnt investigate this further ... pretty neat .. btw, Mink ARE very aggressive hunters ... Ive watched them go after rats and rabbits... Mink will stray away from water when hunting, Ive seen 'em in fields after mice and bunnies a full mile from any water... they usually dont fail .. I caught plenty of both mink and rats back in my trapping days ..
Seen videos of this minkman before,,, cool stuff...
My granddad told me when he was a youngster, he and buddies used to have pet ferrets they'd muzzle and send down rabbit holes and then run the exiting rabbits with Beagles... They muzzled them so they wouldn't kill the rabbits because if they did they wouldn't come out they stay and feed... Said it was nothing to kill 30 to 50 rabbits a day...
I was raised on a mink farm. My dad had over 5000 mink just before pelting season. They are killers, but were always wild so if they were loose you had a heck of a time catching them. Not many dogs would kill a mink, they can fend for themselves. We handled them with heavy leather gloves and their bite would feel like a vise. Of all the mink we had in those years, I was only able to tame one that I could handle with my bare hands.
I raised a few in high school. I caught a giant pocket gopher live one day. I brought it home and dropped it in the cage with a small female. Man what a fight. She would attack it for a couple minutes then stop, get a drink and rest thenattack again.
We had some giant mink from Canada, Alaska. Called Kuskaquim or something like that. You couldn't hardly get your hand around a big male. Actually they were a bit tamer then most of the other mink even though they came right from the wild. We used them to breed size into our other mink.
Growing up, one of my good friends father had a mink farm, he also trapped and bought and sold furs. The one thing that stuck in my mind about the mink when you put the gloves on and reached in to grab a mink, you didn't have to reach far the bite was almost instantaneous and even through the glove you could feel the power and they would not let go on their own. I would never want one clamping on my unprotected hand.