Nova Scotia's Species at Risk: Municipal & Community Stewardship

Species at Risk in Nova Scotia

American Marten (Cape Breton Population) (Martes americana)

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Quick Facts:
  • Less than 50 animals in Cape Breton, NS
  • Loss and degradation of suitable habitat
  • Trapping was closed in the early 1900's due to low numbers
  • Status on the mainland is uncertain (success of re-introduction attempts unknown)

Status Overview:
The Cape Breton population of Marten is likely less than 50 animals. At present there is no evidence of breeding and there has been extensive loss and degradation of suitable habitat. Marten were trapped extensively throughout Nova Scotia since the 1700's until the season was closed in the early 1900's due to low numbers. The species was thought to have been extirpated from the mainland and several re-introductions have been attempted. There have been some very recent records of Marten in southwest Nova Scotia. However, the status of the Marten on the mainland is considered "data deficient." More research is required.

Geographic Distribution:
The map shows the municipalities where this species can be found.  For more specific location information please contact us.

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