Published: Jul 16, 2013 11:32 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - Wildlife officials are asking the public to report any mink sightings in Florida.
    
Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are hoping to learn more about the rare, small mammals. Biologist Chris Winchester says the reports from the public "will help us pinpoint where we do research."
    
Minks, with their dark chocolate or light rusty brown fur, are often mistaken for other species.
    
Winchester says there are three known subspecies of mink in Florida, and only one is listed as threatened. The animals are strictly carnivorous - they eat fish, frogs, crayfish, crabs and various birds and small mammals.

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