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Camera traps document presence of marten in Apostle Islands NL, along with other predators

The Apostle Islands, dotting Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin, U.S., are home to at least 12 species of carnivores, a new study has found. These include the American marten (Martes americana), a species that was completely wiped out of Wisconsin in the 1920s due to widespread habitat loss and trapping of the animals.

The carnivore community on the Apostle archipelago has not been studied before, the study’s lead author Maximilian L. Allen, a carnivore ecologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, told Mongabay. This is because the islands are remote, and the surrounding waters can be rough during summers and partially frozen during winters, Allen said.

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