Assessing an American marten, Martes americana, reintroduction in Vermont

  • Published source details Moruzzi T.L., Royar K.J., Grove C., Brooks R.T., Bernier C., Thompson F.L., DeGraaf M. & Fuller T.K. (2003) Assessing an American marten, Martes americana, reintroduction in Vermont. The Canadian Field-Naturalist, 117, 190-195.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Translocate to re-establish or boost populations in native range

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Translocate to re-establish or boost populations in native range

    A study in 1989–1998 in two forest sites in Vermont, USA (Moruzzi et al. 2003) found that after translocation of American martens Martes americana, the population did not persist. One to six years after introductions, there was evidence that 3–4 martens were present in the area but, after seven to eight years, there was no evidence of a marten population. In 1989–1991, a total of 115 martens (88 males, 27 females) were captured in Maine and New York State and released at two sites in southern Vermont. Forty of the martens were held in boxes at the release site for several days before release and 75 were released immediately after transport to the release site. Thirteen martens were fitted with radio-collars and monitored using telemetry until March 1991. In January–February 1990, surveys were carried out for marten tracks in the snow. In October 1994 to January 1995, January–March 1998 and the summers of 1997 and 1998, camera traps were placed at 20–285 locations to survey martens.

    (Summarised by: Paul Gerlach and Matt Rogan )

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