Introducing the newest addition to the Minnesota Trail: a pine marten! Members of the Mustelidae family (with weasels, otters, and wolverines), pine martens are native to Minnesota and areas north and west. This 6-month-old male, named “Marty McFly,” was found as a kit in summer 2023 in northern Minnesota. As he was not able to be rehabilitated and released into the wild, he will live here as an ambassador of his species. Pine martens are naturally solitary, territorial animals and rarely spotted in the wild. Marty will alternate on a habitat with the fisher (also a mustelid).

Plan your visit to the Minnesota Zoo and come see the pine marten’s active and adventurous nature!