The most interesting part of this article is the discussion of species hybridization, the process that apparently produced the pine martens living in our area of the country . . .
If you’re going to learn something new about the pine marten, you might need a good hair trap.
Natalie Dawson, a research professor at the University of Montana, published findings this year in the Journal of Mammalogy about the pine marten, a member of the weasel family. To learn about the creature and its environment in the Pacific Northwest, Dawson needed hair samples.
“It’s not as easy as snaring grizzly bear hair because these are really small creatures,” said Dawson, also director of UM’s Wilderness Institute.