Martes – Martens

The pelts of these species were used as currency in the middle ages

Members of this genus are present in both new-world and old-world countries and differ in size depending on species and geographical region differences.

They usually have sleek and slender bodies with short legs, long necks and tails, and soft, thick coats that are considered invaluable in the fur trade.

Martens are solitary creatures that are primarily terrestrial yet have the ability to climb effectively when necessary. They are typically crepuscular, hunting at dusk, although, during the mating season, they become more active during the day. They have a keen sense of hearing and hunt primarily by sound and smell.

Martens are not considered threatened, but their fur is still considered a luxury item, and hunters don’t miss any chance to get their hands on these beautiful creatures.