Monday, November 03, 2014

Newfoundland Pine Marten

The Newfoundland pine marten (Martes americana atrata) is a genetically distinct subspecies of the American marten (Martes americana) found only on the island of Newfoundland; it is sometimes referred to as the American marten (Newfoundland population) and is one of only 14 species of land mammals native to the island. 

Canada has banned marten trapping since 1934,. However, trappers are still allowed to set traps for other fur-bearing animals and many martens get caught or killed accidentally.  The Newfoundland Pine Marten was listed as threatened in 1986. There were about 800 animals left that year. Today there are only 300-600 remaining in the wild.

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