BROWNVILLE — The owner of a Maine store that sells live bait for ice fishing says his tank became “fish heaven” for a mink.

John Belvin of the Junction Store in Brownville says he heard a noise in the bait room on Saturday and when he investigated he found a mink sitting in the tank eating fish.

He caught the mink and released it about a mile away.

The next day the discarded fish were like cordwood outside the door of the store. This time he caught a mink in a live trap and let it go, although he’s not sure it’s the same one.

Belvin tells the Bangor Daily News if the mink returns he might not be so nice. He lost about $100 worth of bait.