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Stonington residents warned to stay away from minks

Minks resemble a pet ferret, but are territorial and are not friendly
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STONINGTON, Conn. — A Connecticut town’s police force is warning residents to stay away from aggressive minks.

The Day of New London reports that Capt. Todd Olson of the Stonington Police Department urged people to stay away from minks in a recorded message.

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Olson said that even though they resemble a pet ferret, minks are territorial and are not friendly. He said one of them chased a person Wednesday.

Olson said the department’s animal control officer notified the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection about the minks. A mink farm once operated in the town, which may have increased the local population, but American minks are common in Connecticut. They are not often seen, however, because they favor thick marshland and are usually active after dark.

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