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By Mark Ruby
Swan Lake Ranger District 

The Story of the American Marten


The American marten is a very charismatic creature despite its small size. The house-cat sized member of the weasel family has short legs, pointed ears and a well-furred tail that extends to about a third of its total body length. Perhaps best characterized by a pale buff or orange patch on the throat or breast, the marten is typically 21-26 inches long and weighs about 1.5 to 2.75 pounds.

Marten select for mesic closed-canopy stand types characterized by large tree diameters, plentiful coarse woody debris, snags and with a high degree of forest structure including tall trees and some degr...

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