Marten Photo Gallery
What does the Marten look like?
American Martens (Pine Martens) are lanky weasels with large rounded ears, stocky legs and bushy tails. Their fur is long and shiny and ranges in color from a buff yellow to cinnamon brown to nearly black. Their heads are lighter in color and their legs and tails are darker. Males are larger than females, but both sexes look similar in appearance.
American Martens are primarily solitary mammals except in mating season. They spend most of their time in the trees, thus are excellent climbers. They mark trails from tree to tree with powerful scent glands. However, they do most of their hunting for their favorite prey, voles, on the ground. They are also incredible swimmers and have no problems spending time in water. They are most active during dusk and dawn, but are otherwise mainly nocturnal. Their natural predators include Birds of Prey, Bobcats, Mountain Lions, Foxes and Coyotes to name a few. They were trapped to the point of extinction in several areas of their native habitats. In recent years, reintroduction efforts have proven successful.