American marten have a roughly triangular head and sharp nose. The American (or pine) marten is a predator (meat eater) species that belongs to the weasel family. Their long, silky fur ranges in color from pale yellowish buff to tawny brown to almost black. By 1920 pine martens had almost disappeared from Minnesota. This elusive creature is characterized by a soft, silky fur and long, bushy tail, with the males slightly larger as compared to the female pine martens. Scientific Classification […] The pine marten is a slim, agile animal native to the deciduous and coniferous forests across Central and Northern Europe as well as some parts of Asia. Before the late 1800s, the marten was common in northern Minnesota. The male Pine Marten has a body length of 51 – 54 centimetres, a tail length of 26 – 27 centimetres and weigh 1.5 – 2.2 kilograms. Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework. However, it can be enticed to visit a peanut-laden birdtable. Pine Marten Description.

The American marten is a long, slender-bodied weasel about the size of a mink with relatively large rounded ears, short limbs, and a bushy tail. Largely confined to the north of the UK, the rare pine marten is nocturnal and very hard to spot. The Pine Marten pre-breeding season population is estimated to be 3,300 (only 120 in England, 60 in Wales, rest in Scotland).

Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. Because of logging, most of its wooded habitat was lost.