A marten can pose a threat to people and pets, especially if it feels threatened. It is advisable that you secure your home and car well to keep martens away and that you keep a safe distance from wild martens.

Appearance and Characteristics

The marten is slightly smaller than a domestic cat and weighs around 1-2 kg. Martens are nocturnal small to medium-sized mammals found in Europe, Asia and North America. There are several species of marten including the pine marten, stone marten and mink marten. In general, martens have a long, slender build, short legs, and a bushy tail.

The fur of mustelids varies by species, but is typically brown or gray with a white chest and light-colored belly. Martens also have large, pointed ears and a pointed snout. Their eyes are large, round, and have prominent yellow to brown irises.

Martens are active and agile animals, able to move both in trees and on the ground. They are known for their ability to squeeze through narrow openings and climb into tight spaces. Martens are omnivores and feed on a wide variety of foods including fruits, nuts, insects and small animals. They are solitary and spend most of their time alone except during the mating season. They usually have their offspring in the spring.

In general, martens are an important part of our ecosystems and help regulate population sizes of other animals by acting as natural predators.

Danger from martens

A marten can cause a variety of damage, especially if it nests in your home or car. The most common damages include:

- Cable Destruction: Martens can bite through cables in cars and buildings, which can lead to electrical problems (short circuits).

– Roof and insulation damage: Martens can dig holes in roofs and insulation to build nests, which can lead to heat and energy losses.

– Destruction of gardens and green areas: Martens can cause damage to flowers, bushes and trees in gardens and green areas.

– Damage to car and boat engines: Martens can nest in car and boat engines, damaging parts.

To avoid damage, one should take some preventive measures such as securing buildings and cars.

Finally, the mere sight of a marten can induce fear in some people, especially when seen near residential areas. It's important to note that martens are typically shy and rarely approach humans unless they feel threatened.

The marten is one of the protected animals and it is therefore illegal to kill or injure them. If you have problems with a marten, you should contact a qualified professional to carry out a deterrent.

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