Skip to Content

Environmental groups sue over trapping of Humboldt martens


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Center for Biological Diversity and Cascadia Wildlands have sued the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for failing to ban the trapping of Humboldt martens in Oregon’s coastal forests.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Portland comes after the mink-like animal was proposed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

There are two Oregon subspecies of the Pacific marten, one on the coast and another in the state’s interior.

Fewer than 200 of the coastal subspecies — the Humboldt martens — survive.

The other subspecies is not imperiled.

The environmental groups say trapping even one Humboldt marten this season could push them toward extinction.

ODFW spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The animals inhabit old-growth redwood forests and were once thought to be extinct.

Article Topic Follows: News

Jump to comments ↓

KTVZ News Team


KTVZ NewsChannel 21 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content