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A member of the Mustelidae family, related to weasels and otters; about two feet long from nose to tail, dark brown.
Older forests of the northern United States and Canada.
I've spent years in this little patch of forest, yet never saw one of these guys until I placed a camera trap on an animal trail. Though perhaps that's a comment on my powers of observation rather than the martens' stealth. A lovely description in "Canoe Country Wildlife: A Field Guide to the North Woods and Boundary Waters" by Mark Stensaas: http://books.google.com/books?id=vsDwic8...