Although pine marten male-female bonds are temporary, males may guard a mated female through territory defense if his range encompasses hers.
Pine marten male-female bonds are transitory as the pine marten is generally solitary.
Field studies indicate that males may successfully guard a mated female through territory defense if his range encompasses that of the female.
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• Sources | (Schröepfer, Wiegand, & Hogrefe, 1997; Schwanz, 2000)