Gimme shelter: anthropogenic structures as resting sites for American Marten (Martes americana)
Keywords:commensal, human-widlife interactions, resting site, synurbic, urbanization, mesocarnivore, American Marten, Martes americana
Several species of martens (Martes spp.) are reported to use buildings as resting or den sites. However, such behaviour has not been attributed to American Marten (Martes americana). We report American Marten using occupied buildings and evidence of suspected use of an abandoned cabin, as resting sites in southern Yukon, Canada. These observations further highlight the behavioural flexibility of North American species of Martes with regard to using novel structures as resting sites.
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