Marten (also known as the American Marten, American Pine Marten) are solitary except in breeding season (July and August). The reproduce via delayed implantation and have litters of 1–5 young born in mid-March to late April. Active throughout the year; hunts mostly on the ground.
Weasel family; short limbs and long bushy tail; fur varies from light to dark brown or black; irregular, buffy to bright orange throat patch.
Smaller than a fisher; buffy or orange bib rather than white.
18-26 inches (0.4-0.6 m)
1-3 pounds (0.4-1.3 kg)
Up to 15 years.
Found in conifer forests with understory of fallen logs and stumps; will use riparian areas, meadows, forest edges and rocky alpine areas.
Eat primarily small mammals such as red-backed voles, red squirrels, snowshoe hares, flying squirrels, chipmunks, mice and shrews; also to a lesser extent birds and eggs, amphibians and reptiles, earthworms, insects, fruit, berries, and carrion.
SIGNS OF PRESENCE:
An elusive animals, signs of presence will include prints, tracks and scat more often than any actual sightings of the animal. Scat droppings are narrower than fox ones and often thicker than that of a cat, additionally its contents will vary at different times of year.
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