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European mink planned to be re-introduced to Saaremaa

Juhan Tere, BC, Tallinn, 16.08.2012.Print version
An experiment will be carried out on the Island of Saaremaa for reintroducing critically endangered species European mink to the natural environment, writes LETA/National Broadcasting, citing regional newspaper Saarte Hääl.

There were plans made in 2002 already to introduce these small predators on two of the largest islands of Estonia, but there appeared to be too many risks and hence Saaremaa was left out of the project and only Hiiumaa was involved in it.


Now it has been determined that the experiment on Hiiumaa has largely been a success and hence the first attempts of repopulating the island with European mink could be made. “There are many risks, including the high population of foxes, and hence we will begin small,” said biologist of the University of Tartu Tiit Maran. He added that mink pups might not survive on a larger island.


Preparatory works will start on August 22 and soon 10 rare European minks will be transported to the island.

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