Marten are agile, quick animals that would give the appearance of being a cross between a raccoon and cat. They're found in both forests and open taiga areas where they opportunistically hunt other smaller animals. They will also eat fruits and nuts if necessary, but they are sleek, skilled hunters. They have a silky, thick fur that has been prized for centuries and almost led to their extinction. Fortunately for this little creature, the fur market tanked in the 1940s and populations were given a chance to rebound.