Fun Facts About Pine Martens
by Hiba Al-Quraishi, age 14
Pine martens are an animal species that inhabit Wisconsin, Alaska, Minnesota, Michigan, Canada, and the Rocky Mountains.
Pine martens are small and slender, weighing one to three pounds. They are approximately 15 to 24 inches long and six inches tall. Martens have big ears, a pointy face, large eyes, golden-brown fur, a yellow chest, and a long, thick tail. Females are about three-fourths the size of a male.
Pine martens are often seen in the northern parts of the state of Wisconsin and live deep in the woods. They can catch a lot of food because of their incredible climbing and fishing abilities.
Squirrels, rabbits, tiny birds, and fish are among their favorite prey. Martens are omnivores, meaning they eat meat, nuts, and fruits. This could cause trouble for farmers who have berry bushes or tree nuts. They look for small mammals under snow tunnels in the winter.
Wisconsin can be quite cold, particularly in the north, but pine martens have thick fur that helps them adapt to the cold. Their feet are even covered in fur to keep them warm. Additionally, the fur on their feet lets them hunt and move steadily in winter.
Pine martens, like many other species, face the challenge of frequently losing their homes due to human activity, such as logging, and hunting for their gorgeous, thick fur.
Finally, because of their valuable fur and nutrition, martens were listed as an endangered species in Wisconsin in 1972. We must act to safeguard these small animals from danger caused by human activity.
Wausau Daily Herald