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November 10 2012

‘Extinct’ animal turns up in Wales as roadside carcass proves elusive pine martins still exist in UK


One of Britain’s rarest and most elusive animals has been found in Wales, after a hunt lasting more than 40 years – the pine marten.

A tree-climbing relative of the otter and the stoat, the pine marten had become extinct throughout much of Britain by the early 20th century, although numbers of the animal survived in Scotland.

But in Wales its continued existence has been problematic and no sight has been made of the animal, living or dead, since a carcass was found in 1971.

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