Humboldt Martens Win Endangered Species Act Protection
Humboldt martens are elusive, cat-sized carnivores in the weasel family. Once common in the coastal forests of Northern California and southern Oregon, they were decimated by unchecked trapping and the logging of their forests. Now fewer than 400 remain, in four very isolated fragments.
The Center for Biological Diversity and allies have worked for a decade to win protection for these super-cute, super-fierce little predators. And at long last, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Tuesday, they'll be protected as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.
"We're perilously close to losing this incredible animal forever," said Quinn Read, our Oregon policy director. "These protections provide a pathway to recovery."