A Beech Marten is a small, primeval mammal most closely related to the mink. It is found in most of Europe and parts of Asia. The species was introduced into North America where it is now common up the east coast as far south as Georgia .
Beeches, elms , willows, poplars or apple trees are their usual habitat but they will also den in rocky crevices, old buildings or tree stumps. They are territorial animals that maintain scent posts around their territory which are often used for communication with others in their species by rubbing the secretion from a gland on their abdomens called the musk bag onto these posts. This musk has a very pungent smell so can drive off predators although beech martens themselves have few predators due to their highly developed immune systems.
This species is known for its resourcefulness, and like most mustelids, has very sharp teeth that can cause serious injury if not treated with care when you are handling them. It's best to approach them calmly and confidently but avoid any sudden movements that might frighten them into biting. Although they have a reputation for being fierce this species generally doesn't cause too much trouble around humans provided it is handled correctly