Behavior and distribution of American marten (Martes americana) in relation to snow and forest cover on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Marten are sensitive to cold temperatures and normally rely on an insulating snow-pack and sufficient forest structure for thermal protection in winter. Low densities of marten on the western Kenai Peninsula, Alaska have commonly been attributed to shallow snow and habitat conditions that may not be conducive to supporting stable marten populations. This research examined the interactions between marten behavior in relation to available snow and habitat conditions at forest stand, home range, and landscape scales. Marten were radio-collared and back-tracked in three study areas in the Kenai ...
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