Through the Lens

Red Squirrel

Leon Lorenz
Red Squirrel

The American marten, sometimes referred to as the pine marten, is a member of the weasel family, and yes, they do enjoy a squirrel meal whenever they are able to catch the nimble chatterboxes.

In over 50 years of travelling the bush country, only once have I witnessed a marten in hot pursuit of a red squirrel and it was quite something to see. With blazing speed the squirrel and marten spiraled around and around a small tree, with the squirrel suddenly disappearing into the underbrush and the marten left wondering where it went. Unfortunately I was unable to film this rarely-seen chase in the wild.

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