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Nature group completes field study on threatened Newfoundland marten

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Nature Conservancy of Canada have concluded the field research portion of a study of the threatened Newfoundland pine marten on the western portion of the island.

The conservancy launched a project to see whether or not the species is using the Grassy Place, a protected area in southwest Newfoundland, as a habitat.

The species has a population estimated between 600 and 900.

Program manager Lanna Campbell says using hair snags placed around the 1,480 hectare region a scientist found evidence of the marten.

Scientist John Gosse had to visit the remote area by snowshoe and skis throughout the winter to monitor the sites.

Campbell says the samples are now being tested at a lab at Memorial University. (VOCM)

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