Local West Coast Forest Ecosystems: Coastal Martens Fighting for their Lives

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 10 April 2018



Local West Coast Forest Ecosystems

Coastal Martens Fighting for their Lives, Rare coastal martens under high risk of extinction in coming decades,
OSU, April 4, 2018.

"Martens are rare in the coastal forests of Oregon and northern California."

"Martens resemble a cross between a fox and a mink, with bushy tails and large paws with partially retractable claws."

"The coastal marten, a small but fierce forest predator, is at a high risk for extinction in Oregon and northern California in the next 30 years due to threats from human activities, according to a new study."

“This study provides the most conclusive evidence yet of risk to a coastal marten population,” she said. “It’s the only robust population estimate of a marten population in the Pacific states.”

"Martens resemble a cross between a fox and a mink, with bushy tails and large paws with partially retractable claws."

"Martens once ranged throughout coastal forests throughout Oregon to the northern California wine country. Extensive surveys revealed that the coastal marten population is now restricted to two populations, one in southern Oregon and Northern California, and another small population in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, west of U.S. Highway 101 in central Oregon."

"...limiting human-caused deaths of the coastal martens would have the greatest impact on the animal’s survival."


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