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Individual study: Reintroduction of the European mink Mustela lutreola in Saarland, Germany: Preliminary data on the use of space and activity as revealed by radio-tracking and live-trapping

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Peters E., Brinkman I., Krüger F., Zwirlein S. & Klaumann I. (2009) Reintroduction of the European mink Mustela lutreola in Saarland, Germany: Preliminary data on the use of space and activity as revealed by radio-tracking and live-trapping. Endangered Species Research, 10, 305-320


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Use holding pens at release site prior to release of captive-bred mammals Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A study in 2006–2008 in nine areas around rivers in south-west Germany (Peters et al. 2009) found that most captive-bred European mink Mustela lutreola kept in holding pens prior to release survived at least one year after release. Of 48 captive-bred animals released, 36 were still alive after 12 months. All animals were microchipped and 33 were fitted with radio-transmitters. For two weeks before release, mink were kept in enclosures measuring 5 × 2 m, containing small trees, branches, and small streams. In May 2006–August 2007, forty-eight animals were released. They were radio-tracked twice each day, in April 2006–May 2008. Animals not bearing transmitters were surveyed using live traps.

(Summarised by Alexandra Sutton )