Study

The survival of captive-born animals in restoration programmes - Case study of the endangered European mink Mustela lutreola

  • Published source details Maran T., Podra M., Polma M. & Macdonald D.W. (2009) The survival of captive-born animals in restoration programmes - Case study of the endangered European mink Mustela lutreola. Biological Conservation, 142, 1685-1692.

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Release captive-bred individuals to re-establish or boost populations in native range

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Release captive-bred individuals to re-establish or boost populations in native range

    A study in 2000–2006 in an unspecified number of riparian sites on Hiiumaa Island, Estonia (Maran et al. 2009) found that captive-bred European mink Mustela lutreola survived up to 39 months after release into the wild. Eighty days after release, 88 of 172 released mink had survived. After 39 months, at least one released mink was still alive. Seventy-five percent of deaths were caused by predators, including foxes, dogs Canis lupus familiaris, and raptors. In autumn 2000–2003, one-hundred and seventy-two captive-born mink were released at the site. Fifty-four mink were fitted with radio-collars before release and were monitored for up to five months. To monitor mink survival, animals were repeatedly trapped over 39 months.

    (Summarised by: Matt Rogan)

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