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Humboldt Marten, Once Thought Extinct, Is Now Endangered in California

Humboldt Marten, Once Thought Extinct, Is Now Endangered in California
Here is an archive photo that is believed to be of a Humboldt marten that was seen in June 1996 in Six Rivers National Forest, California. (Six Rivers National Forest) 

By    |   Friday, 22 June 2018 05:33 PM

The Humboldt marten, a cousin to otters and minks, was once thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered two decades ago. Now the animal is endangered.

Wildfires, climate change, construction, logging, and also the marijuana industry are threatening the Humboldt marten, according to California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, which wants the creature to be included in the state’s endangered species list, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The animal, which resides in the northern coast of the state, could also be wiped out by toxic pesticides often used for the cultivation of marijuana, the department stated in a report. Its recommendation goes before the fish and game commission for a decision Aug. 23, according to The Mercury News.

A petition to put the animal on the endangered list was filed in 2015 by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Trapping was also a problem for the Humboldt marten, but trapping is now outlawed in the state. The animal can also be found in Oregon where conservation groups handed officials a petition that would ban trapping of the Humboldt marten.

There are only about 200 of them in California — or possibly 400, according to estimates. It was spotted in northwest California in a national forest in 1996, years after it was thought to be extinct.

The little critter is only about one to three pounds with yellow or dark brown fur, a sleek body, bushy tail, and resemblance to a weasel.

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The Humboldt marten, a cat-sized cousin to otters and minks, was once thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered more than 20 years ago. Now the animal is endangered again.
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