Family: Mustelidae, Weasels view all from this family
Description Large, dark-colored, stocky weasel. Bigger and darker than American Marten. Face, neck and shoulders sometimes marked with hoary gold or silver-colored guard hairs. Deep brown coat lightens over summer, darkens in fall molt, and may appear reddish in spring. Throat and chest are marked with white or cream patches of varying size and shape. Females are smaller, with finer and glossier fur.
Dimensions 90-120cm, 37-41cm, 3.5-5.5kg; / 75-95cm, 31-36cm, 2.0-2.5kg
Similar Species Bigger and darker than American Marten.
Habitat Forests & woodlands, Alpine & subalpine habitats
Range Plains, Great Lakes, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, California, Northwest, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, Alaska
Discussion Arboreal and terrestrial predator of small and medium-sized animals. Regularly preys on Porcupines with fast frontal attacks; also eats fruits and nuts. Increasing in the east, declining in the west. Hunts in a variety of forest types.