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Old 02-15-2018, 08:15 AM   #1
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I think I saw one in Centerville last week
About 300 yards from a live creek
Anybody else in the Leon co area spotted any

Old country boy who knows the animals of Texas, but this was a nighttime glimpse. But I pretty sure it wasnít a miniature black panther.

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Old 02-15-2018, 08:21 AM   #2
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There were some in Texarkana when I was there. Never trapped one, but I tried.
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:23 AM   #3
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Never seen one
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:25 AM   #4
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There are some in Smith county, not sure what you saw but definitely could have been one
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:41 AM   #5
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Mink — The mink (Mustela vison) is found in the eastern half of the state, always near streams, lakes or other water sources. Although it is an economically important fur-bearing animal in the eastern United States, it ranked only 13th in numbers and 9th in economic value to trappers in Texas in 1988-89, according to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department survey.
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:43 AM   #6
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I’ve seen em on Decker Lake, Lake Arlington and Lake Grapevine
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:43 AM   #7
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All over Lake Livingston. They live in the rocks.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:03 AM   #8
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All over Lake Livingston. They live in the rocks.
Yea they do! Cool little critters!
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:06 AM   #9
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All over Lake Livingston. They live in the rocks.
That's what I was going to say
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:13 AM   #10
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My uncle killed one in southern Jasper county when I was a kid. Cool looking little things
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:15 AM   #11
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All over Lake Livingston. They live in the rocks.
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Yea they do! Cool little critters!
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That's what I was going to say
Yep. And used to be a lot of 'em in the Neches river bottom. My grandfather used to trap 'em... Could always tell when he'd been successful too. Dang barn smelled almost like a skunk where he'd been skinning them... Always wondered how such a smelly little animal could be used to produce such beautiful fur clothing for peeps...
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:16 AM   #12
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Mink are numerous all over east Texas and can become highly concentrated where the habitat can support larger numbers (i.e., fish and crawfish ponds, etc). They are rarely seen but their sign (tracks, trails, scat) can be easily spotted if one knows where to look.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:16 AM   #13
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I've seen them around several East Texas lakes.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:18 AM   #14
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Iíve seen em on Decker Lake, Lake Arlington and Lake Grapevine
Thanks for still using Decker Lake...I get confused anytime someone talks about Walter E. Long Lake. Same goes for Town Lake vs. Lady Bird Lake!
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:41 AM   #15
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Look for tracks and take pics if possible. I think i have some in my live creek in Leon County.

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Old 02-15-2018, 09:44 AM   #16
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I have some in San Leon. They run around my bulk head
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:50 AM   #17
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Used to see them all the time on the dam at Lake Conroe. Funny critters to watch. Perch snatchin little suckers too.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:28 AM   #18
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There are PLENTY mink in east tx. river otters too. They look like a big version of a mink and make tracks that look like super sized mink tracks.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:33 AM   #19
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There are PLENTY mink in east tx. river otters too. They look like a big version of a mink and make tracks that look like super sized mink tracks.
Yea, and some folks call 'em Coati's!
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Old 02-15-2018, 11:24 AM   #20
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I have mink on my property in Freestone county. See them alot at the low water crossing catching minnows.
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Old 02-15-2018, 11:26 AM   #21
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In the past I would see them pretty regular, been a couple of years. Newton, Orange County and all over La.
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Old 02-15-2018, 11:33 AM   #22
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Here's some River Otters I filmed on my old lease in Liberty County:

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Old 02-15-2018, 12:05 PM   #23
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Used to see them all the time on Conroe when fishing around the Dam. As mentioned they love the rocks.
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Old 02-15-2018, 01:20 PM   #24
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Thanks for the feedback.
It could have been a very small otter, but size fit a mink.
I have seen beavers there in the past.
Funny you guys mention the rocks and lake Conroe.
Only two mink I have ever seen were there on the rip-rap of the dam.

Maybe I will put up a camera on the creek this summer.
Have a crossing there and get all types of critters, but no mink yet.
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Old 02-15-2018, 01:38 PM   #25
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Yea, I've found me a new creek crossing on my East Texas place... got some good deer pics, but I'm thinking when the weather warms up a bit, I'll get me some big 'gator pics too, maybe even some "action" shots!
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Old 02-15-2018, 01:48 PM   #26
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A lot around Caddo Lake We chased a mink one night around the cypress trees in Ames Springs Basin till I got him in the dip net. My life flashed before my eyes after putting him in the boat. Not like the nutria we had caught.
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Old 02-15-2018, 01:50 PM   #27
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There are a bunch of them on the rock levis on Sabine Lake. My wife has some pics somewhere of here feeding while we were crabbing...
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Old 02-15-2018, 03:09 PM   #28
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A lot around Caddo Lake We chased a mink one night around the cypress trees in Ames Springs Basin till I got him in the dip net. My life flashed before my eyes after putting him in the boat. Not like the nutria we had caught.
Yea, not sure I'd put a live mink in any kind of confined space with me... They may be small, but remember, they are a member of the weasel family and thus have a mouth full of teeff and a pissy attitude to go along with 'em!

Probably had more trouble turnin' the sucker loose than you did catchin' 'im!
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Old 02-15-2018, 03:32 PM   #29
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Dad used to trap along the Lower Sabine River and would catch one now and then.
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Old 02-15-2018, 03:34 PM   #30
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Lake Arlington has a pretty good group of them
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Old 02-15-2018, 03:58 PM   #31
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Saw a couple in Wharton county in the 50s...but none since
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Old 02-15-2018, 05:54 PM   #32
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Back in the late 70s, my dad killed one in Del Rio of all places. The ranch had natural springs on it and had an incredible oasis growing around it. Never did understand why my dad shot it but he has always liked killing stuff, lol. I was pretty cool to see it up close I have to admit.
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Old 02-15-2018, 06:27 PM   #33
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Back in the late 70s, my dad killed one in Del Rio of all places. The ranch had natural springs on it and had an incredible oasis growing around it. Never did understand why my dad shot it but he has always liked killing stuff, lol. I was pretty cool to see it up close I have to admit.
Just as strange, I killed a beaver in Del Rio back in the early 80's... There were actually quite a few there... First duck I ever killed with my bow was a WOOD DUCK in Del Rio!! Would have never thought there'd be wood ducks there either!!
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:34 PM   #34
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Wood duck's in del Rio I would have never thought they would be that far West
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:57 PM   #35
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we have mink in Grayson County
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:02 PM   #36
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Caught one in a box set once. Thought it was dead so I grabbed it by the back end to pull it out.

Them teeth ain't big but they are sharp. The leather glove wasn't much protection. Mom was sure I'd get rabies.

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Old 02-15-2018, 10:02 PM   #37
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I’ve seen them along the rock wall in the East side of Sabine Lake. Kept seeing something dart in and out of the rocks, finally got a good enough look to see it was a mink. Only time I’ve seen one in person.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:46 PM   #38
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I trapped them for years along the lower Sabine. You have to set your trap at the waters edge and staked in the water. They will drag the trap in the water and drown. Otherwise they chew their toes off every time. Mean little suckers.
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Old 02-15-2018, 11:02 PM   #39
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I've seen several here in central Texas on the north San Gabriel river.
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:57 AM   #40
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Used to se an occasional mink on our place in Red River County. We had 2 otters move into our 10 acre pond in front of our deer cabin one year. We thought they were fun to watch until we saw one on the bank with a 5 pound bass in its mouth one day. They had to go after that.
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Old 02-17-2018, 07:12 AM   #41
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Beaver and nutria along the southern border of Texas but I donít believe I have ever seen a mink. My brother had several large beaver hides tanned out with the tail.


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