A few months ago, I noticed that the two dogs were barking madly at a car parked in front of our house. After they had been brought inside, a juvenile mink, which had taken refuge in the undercarriage, jumped down and ran away (it looked just like a black stoat). I have also seen adult mink near by.
Recently, some idiots released 5,000 mink from a fur farm in Co. Donegal; this has potentially catastrophic consequences for local wildlife. Mink are gradually colonizing the country … there are calls for their eradication, but this would be difficult and expensive (estimated at over €1 million for an area of just 800 km2).
It seems to me that mink farming should never have been allowed here, as these extremely aggressive and robust creatures were bound, sooner or later, to get free and pose a threat to ecosystems. Time for a bounty, perhaps … let the gun clubs show that shooting dopey pheasant isn’t all they’re good for.