Marten-In Captivity-Can martens be taken alive during the summer months by means of box traps, and kept alive in captivity? How should they be cared for? Should they be kept together in one large pen or must they be kept separate?
I have never caught any marten in summer or never knew of anybody else catching them in that time of year, therefore what I say on that subject is not of much value. I believe that you could catch them, but think it would be far more difficult than in fall or winter. In the first place you could not see tracks and would have to set the traps mostly by random. At that time of year they would have no trouble getting plenty of fresh food and would not take bait well, especially if it were stale, and meat baits soon go bad in the summer. Then there would be a lot of labor in getting the traps out into the haunts of the martens. I think they would get along all right in company if not confined too closely, but in that I am only guessing. Anyway I would try them together before I would go to the trouble of penning them separately. I don’t see that they would need any care except to be fed plenty of fresh animal food and be left to themselves as much as possible.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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