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Seasonal diets of Newfoundland marten, Martes american atrata. 2005. Gosse, J.W.; Hearn, B.J. Canadian Field Naturalist 119: 43-47.

Year: 2005

Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 26723

Language: English

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Abstract

We analyzed scats (n = 679) and stomach contents (n = 25) collected from 1980–2003 to assess the relative frequencies of food types utilized by Newfoundland Marten (Martes americana atrata) during summer and winter. Meadow Voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus) were the most prevalent food item occurring in 80% and 47.5% of samples from summer and winter, respectively. Apart from Snowshoe Hares (Lepus americana), which occurred in 28% of winter samples, all other food types occurred in <16% of samples during each season. Diet breadth was widest during winter and may be related to a lower availability of Meadow Voles during this time of year.