The Pennsylvania Game Commission is working on a plan for the return of a native furbearer once common to certain areas in Pennsylvania.
Last week the Game Commission’s Board of Commissioners directed the Bureau of Wildlife Management to develop a plan for reintroduction and management of the American marten.
These creatures are about the same size as a mink and disappeared from the state around 100 years ago as a result of deforestation and unregulated harvest.
After recently completing a feasibility assessment for reintroduction, the Bureau determined that there is sufficient habitat for the marten. The next step is to identify release sites and educate the public.