The European mink primarily hunts for aquatic prey in riparian zones and in the water, and voles are its most important food source.
The European mink primarily preys on aquatic prey and hunts in both riparian zones and in the water.
Voles, such as European water vole (Arvicola amphibius) and southern water vole (Arvicola sapidus) are the most important food source, closely followed by crustaceans, frogs and water insects.
Fish are an important food source in floodlands, with cases being known of European minks catching fish weighing 1–1.2 kilograms (2.2–2.6 pounds).
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