- Adult martens can reach a weight of 1.5 kilograms (3.5 pounds).
- Body length ranges from 65 to 75 centimetres (25 to 30 inches).
- A long, bushy tail and distinctive buff chest patch allow for easy identification.
- Martens inhabit the forests of the boreal, foothill and the Rocky Mountain natural regions.
- The marten is the most arboreal member of the weasel family, spending much of its time hunting in trees. It may travel for
miles without touching the ground.
- The marten's only natural enemies are the equally agile fisher as well as lynx, great horned owl and wolf.
- Commonly hunts red squirrels and can match its prey's every move in a high speed tree-top chase.
- Diet also includes:
- Other rodents
- Occasionally, nuts or fruits
- Mating occurs in July or August.
- Litters of three or four young arrive the following March or April.
The American marten is classified as Secure in the current General Status of Alberta Wild Species report. See:
The fisher is twice the size of a marten, and usually lacks the buff chest patch.
Updated: May 13, 2010