I am a solitary animal, except of course for the mating season and the time during which I rear my young. I am active all year long. During the winter months my rather large paws allow me to easily move along on the snow. I can even hunt under the snow by using the tunnels excavated by the red squirrels.
I am both agile and curious. I capture most of my prey on the ground even though my semi-retractable claws help me climb trees, where I spend a fair amount of time, with ease. I am often sought for my fur as I am known as the Canadian Sable. The sable is my Russian cousin who, apparently, has the softest fur of the family.
Total Length 490 - 675 mm
Tail Length 135 - 220 mm
Weight M 450 - 1 500 g F 425 - 950 g
6 to 8 years in nature, record 17 years in captivity
Mature mixed or coniferous forests
Small mammals, squirrels, mice, snowshoe hares, eggs, birds, amphibians, insects, nuts and fruits
1 brood per year; 1 to 5 young