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Contemporary Problems of Ecology

2016 year, number 1

Structure and Dynamics of the Trophic Range of the American Mink (Neovison vison) in the Southern Urals

Ilmen State Reserve, 456317, Miass
Keywords: американская норка, диета, горные реки, озера, Южный Урал, American mink, diet, mountain rivers, lakes, the Southern Urals


The diet of the American mink near the lakes and mountain rivers of the Southern Urals was studied. The structure and dynamics of the minks’ feeding near the lakes and mountain rivers differed significantly. On mountain rivers the minks’ diet depended on the abundance of small mammals on the river bank. The abundance of small mammals in each season was determined by the peculiarities of the hydrological regime.