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@shebebusynow> thank you for your suggestions :)
Ferrets and minks are very closely related (they can even interbreed I've heard), but the minks tend to be a bit heavier and don't have the markings, they're just dark brown. Minks tend to stay near waterways, but I've seen them a mile from any water. The ferret native to your area would be Mustela putorius, which I don't believe has a completely dark color phase.
Spotted on Mar 12, 2011 Submitted on Mar 12, 2011
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