Despite their bad reputation, predators are extremely important links in the food chain. The American marten, despite its small stature, is a formidable predator.
The American marten is cousin to the ferret!
Small round head
Longue queue touffue
Small rounded ears
A prized coat
I am often hunted for my fur and am sometimes called the canadian sable. But that would be a mistake as the sable is the name of my Russian cousin. It seems that in the family, it is she who has the silkiest fur.
A fast and very agile animal
I'm very curious, agile and I climb trees effortlessly with my semi-retractable claws. During the winter season, my rather wide paws allow me to move easily in the snow. I can even hunt under the snow using the tunnels dug by the red squirrel.
A solitary soul
Indeed I am a solitary animal, except during the rutting season and when raising my young.
Come visit the American martens!