- Soukkala, Arthur M.
University of Maine Graduate School
The main objective of this study was to determine the effects of trapping on marten populations in Maine. Additional objectives were to estimate marten harvest rates, to determine the relative vulnerability of various sex and age groups to trapping, and to examine the influence of increased access on trapping pressure.
Between March and October, 1980, 187 marten from a heavily trapped population were livetrapped, tagged, and released. Thirty-four tagged marten were harvested during the 1981 trapping season. The sex and age composition of marten harvests were determined from 1585 carcasses collected in 1980-1981.