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The Pine Marten

Posted Tuesday 8th June 2010 at 01:23 by Francis Duggan
A dark brown small cat sized member of the weasel family the pine marten in light of day is seldom seen
It lives on fruits as well as birds and small mammals 'tis said that their range it is spreading recorded in places where they once never had been
That they kill weak lambs as well as poultry and that some farmers do not like them at all
But it is quite natural for Nature's predators for to prey on the defenceless and the small
Unlike the red fox the pine marten in most places a protected species but foxes in more plentiful supply
For pine martens do not exist in open country only in places where woods are nearby
As climbers they need trees for survival that's why they are not seen in sparsely treed countryside
From their enemies dogs and foxes and humans they need trees for to climb and rest and hide
In whenever danger to them is apparent for their survival the wooded environment seems right
Though by day they are never seen that often they are better known as creatures of the night
Small predators they are known to be nimble they even can catch squirrels on the trees
Though 'tis said they seldom venture out in freezing weather with the temperatures under zero degrees
Like most mustelids it is good at survival and though not plentiful it's range is far and wide
Not one to live in the sparsely treed places it's home is in the wooded countryside.
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