American mink, an invasive species in the UK, successfully culled from two counties to protect water voles

Thanks to a novel trapping system, the eradication of the American mink from Suffolk and Norfolk in the UK has been successful in protecting the water vole. The American mink is a non-native species and the water vole is a protected native species that was gradually becoming extinct due to predation by the American mink.

In the UK, the American mink is an invasive species. They were brought to the UK for fur farms in the last century. Thousands of them escaped and are now established in the countryside. They threaten some of UK’s native species including the water vole …

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