Common Name: Pine Marten
Scientific Name: Martes americana
Habitat: Coniferous woodlands.
Diet: Carnivorous—mice, squirrels, rabbits, birds and eggs, fruit, nuts, insects, and carrion.
Although this mammal was thought to have disappeared from the state around 1900 due to loss of forest habitat, two specimens have been collected in the latter half of the century. The Pennsylvania Biological Survey classifies its status as undetermined at present.
For details on this mammal’s spotty occurrence in the Commonwealth over the last two hundred years, see Williams, S. L., S. B. McLaren, and M. A. Burgwin. 1985. “Paleo-archaeological and historical records of selected Pennsylvania mammals.” Annals of Carnegie Museum, 54(4): 77–188.