Elusive, Beautiful Martens Proposed for Protection
In potentially species-saving news, the Fish and Wildlife Service has just responded to a petition from the Center and allies to protect Humboldt martens under the Endangered Species Act. But sadly the Service's proposed protections exempted logging activities, the primary threat to martens, from being addressed to save them from extinction.
Martens are relatives of minks and otters, and fewer than 400 survive in California and Oregon, in four isolated coastal populations. The animals have been wiped out from 93 percent of their range by logging and trapping.
"It's deeply troubling that the agency charged with safeguarding Humboldt martens isn't protecting them from the habitat loss that's pushing them toward extinction," said the Center's Tierra Curry.
Read more in Eureka's Times-Standard.