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Pine Marten

Why are pine martens killed on roads?

Pine martens are twilight and night active, therefore they are very hard to see on the road because of their dark fur. However, pine martens are rarely run over in comparison to stone martens, as they avoid humans and are found mainly in large forests and here in the treetops.

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Pine martens are regarded as culture evaders and are therefore rarely road-killed. Pine martens prefer dense and extensive forests. Pine martens are usually difficult to distinguish from stone martens, especially if you can only see the animal from the vehicle for a short time.

How to identify a roadkilled pine marten?

Differences pine marten vs. stone marten:

  •      Nose is dark. The nose of the stone marten is flesh-colored.
  •      Throat-patch is yellow to yellow-red, and rounded on the bottom. Stone martens have a white throat patch and the bottom deeply forked (no secure identification feature).
  •      Pine marten: underside of the paws are hairy (bales covered). Stone marten: bales are visible.
  •      The pine marten is considered to avoid humans and therefore prefers large closed forests.
  •      The stone marten is considered typical synanthropic therefore occurs in villages and big cities.


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