Wolverines Spotted In Oregon And California!

It’s an exciting time for wolverine trackers in Oregon and California.

In Oregon, after countless unconfirmed reports of wolverine sightings and years of setting up cameras in remote, snow-covered forests, wildlife biologists working with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have finally found what they were looking for.

Photos Of Two Wolverines Snapped In Oregon

From the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via Ecotrope:

Two wolverines were caught on camera this month in Wallowa County. The first discovery came April 17 with a confirmed set of wolverine tracks. Then, just days later, researchers found their camera in Wallowa County had snapped pictures of two wolverines on April 2 and 13.

Click here to see a great video of Oregon Fish and Wildlife experts searching for the rare and elusive wolverine, as well as wolverine photos.

These are the first wolverines known to be in Wallowa County in northeastern Oregon.

Lone Wolverine Continues To Roam The Californian Sierras

Meanwhile, in California comes news of a lone wolverine roaming the Sierra.
From Lake Tahoe News:

He wanders long distances at night, alone.

He curls up under wind-stunted trees at the timberline.

And from a distance, he can hear the rumble of traffic along Interstate 80.
But almost no one has ever seen him.

“He’s gone before you even have a clue he’s there,” said Amanda Shufelberger, a wildlife biologist with Sierra Pacific Industries who has tracked the animal across the Sierra Nevada since 2008. “He does not want to see you.”

Three years after the discovery of a wolverine in the Tahoe National Forest north of Truckee, the elusive creature continues to roam the region, defying expectations, delighting many and stirring calls to find him a mate.

Why All The Fuss?

Wolverines have experienced a steady decline since the 19th century in the face of trapping, range reduction and habitat fragmentation, and now it is estimated that there are only about 300 of them in the United States.

Under pressure from environmentalists, the species became a candidate for the federal Endangered Species Act protections in December of last year, but the authorities haven’t gotten around to doing anything about it yet.

Wolverines are specially adapted to snow, and global warming is shrinking their habitat. They are protected by Oregon as a threatened species, and this is the first confirmed sighting in the state since 1992.

So these are very cool findings! Now if only that lone Sierra wolverine could find a mate!

Photo Credit: Birgit F via Creative Commons


Jeff Kline
Jeff Kline5 years ago

A friend and I saw a pair of wolverines in a snowy mountain pass in the Canadian Rockies near Lake Louise in July of 1980. We were kicking steps in the steep snow to climb the pass (still) about a thousand yards above us, and looked up to see a pair of animals with coloring like grizzly bears "booking" down the snowfield. For several seconds we had no idea what they were: with no objects in the snowfield to gauge their size against, at first we thought they were grizzly bears! They seemed to move so easily across the snow and only noticed us about the time we saw them.
They quickly turned left to detour around us and gave us a wide berth-- they almost looked like they were skiing on the long fur on their big paws. Our encounter was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Only many decades later did I learn that seeing a wolverine in the wild is such a rare event. I'm sure my friend Rich feels as blessed as I do.

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege5 years ago

Thank you. I wish we could see more of them.

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege5 years ago

Thank you. I wish we could see more of them.

Roger R.
Roger R.6 years ago

About 4PM on June 24, 2011, shortly after leaving the Tioga Pass gate toYosemite National Park, as we descended the Lee Vining Canyon, my wife saw an animal which almost ran into our car. I did not see it as I was concentrating on the road. She described it to me and I said it sounded almost like a wolverine, an animal she had never seen. I showed her a picture of a wolverine on the internet the next day and she said that was the sort of animal she had seen. I wonder if anyone has seen one in the area of Tioga Lake just east of Yosemite. Roger Randall

John S.
Past Member 6 years ago

thanks, hope that we can see more of them.

Mary C.
Mary Cooke6 years ago

Not that gov. protection means anything! Look at how they are destroying, abusing & killing the wild horse & burros with the intention of extermination ! Also they are wanting to kill bison, wolves, they are killing cougars etc. etc. next you watch, will be the eagle & others.

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan6 years ago

Why is the governemnt taking so long? Hope the lone male finds a mate soon.

clara H.
Clara Hamill6 years ago

Louise D Lol you beat me to the x-men reference. I'm glad the wolverine is there.

Klaus P.
Klaus Peters6 years ago

Good to see, I hope the wolverines will be protected, their only hope of survival.

rene davis
irene davis6 years ago