Food habits of genetically identified pine marten (Martes martes) expanding in agricultural lowlands (NW Italy)

@article{Balestrieri2010FoodHO,
  title={Food habits of genetically identified pine marten (Martes martes) expanding in agricultural lowlands (NW Italy)},
  author={Alessandro Balestrieri and Luigi Remonti and Aritz Ruiz-Gonz{\'a}lez and Maria Gracia Castillo Vergara and Enrica Capelli and Benjam{\'i}n J. G{\'o}mez-moliner and Claudio Prigioni},
  journal={Acta Theriologica},
  year={2010},
  volume={56},
  pages={199-207}
}
We assessed the diet of pine marten (Martes martes) expanding in the heavily human-altered agricultural plain of the River Po, northern Italy. Between February 2008 and November 2009, surveys were carried out twice a week during seasonal sampling sessions of three to four consecutive weeks. To distinguish the faecal samples from those of sympatric carnivores, a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method was applied. The availability of small mammals was assessed… CONTINUE READING
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