Four endangered martens to be released in Cape Breton to help restore population

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WHYCOCOMAGH, N.S. Four martens from northern New Brunswick will be released Wednesday near Whycocomagh, N.S.
The small weasels are the last animals to be introduced to Cape Breton Island as part of a plan to rescue the population from the province's endangered species list.
Trappers and bureaucrats will join a group of young Mi'kmaq in releasing the animals, following a blessing from Membertou elder Lawrence Wells.
Unregulated hunting helped drive the marten onto Nova Scotia's endangered species list in 2001.
It has been illegal to trap martens since the 1930s, but extensive logging has made it difficult for the population to return.
Once common in Nova Scotia, martens were hunted for their pelts from about 1700 to 1900 almost to the point of extinction.

Geographic location: Cape Breton Island, WHYCOCOMAGH, Nova Scotia New Brunswick Lawrence Wells

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