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Monitoring American marten using non-invasive hair snares
American marten (Martes americana) were extirpated from the Lower Peninsula of Michigan during the turn of the 20th Century, due to over-trapping and loss of habitat. In the mid-1980s two small populations of marten were reintroduced into the Northern Lower Peninsula, in the Manistee National Forest (MNF) and Pigeon River State Forest (PRSF). However, since reintroduction, limited effort has been placed on monitoring and assessment of the reintroduced populations. We propose to, 1) estimate marten population and distribution for the PRSF population, 2) evaluate genetic diversity within the PRSF population, and 3) compare genetic diversity to the MNF population in order to determine if dispersal exists between these two populations.
Jill C Witt