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Wolverines, Among The Most Rare Mammals, Are Making A Comeback

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Seattle Times: The first breeding female wolverine has been documented south of Interstate 90 in modern times, confirming a comeback for the charismatic carnivore in the Cascades. Wolverines are among the most rare mammals in North America


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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Sunday May 13, 2018, 12:14 pm
A denizen of deep snows, capable of traveling hundreds of miles in conditions that send other land animals into hibernation, wolverines were extirpated in Washington by over-trapping, and shot on sight as vermin, like most other predators in the 1900s.

Remnants of Washington’s native wolverine population retreated to Canada. From there, they have begun a slow recolonization of their native habitat in Washington, starting with the North Cascades.

The sighting of the breeding female indicates they may be extending their range into the south Cascades.

“This is showing that wolverines are able to expand into more of this historic distribution that has been unoccupied since the 1930s,” said Jocelyn Akins, a wildlife biologist and conservation director of the Cascades Carnivore Project, a nonprofit formed to monitor rare carnivore populations in the Cascades.

Wolverines used to range along the Cascade Crest but today remain exceedingly rare, with perhaps just 25 animals in Washington and only about 250 to 300 in the entire Lower 48.

Also called the skunk bear for their striped coat, wolverines (scientific name “Gulo gulo,” or the “gluttonous glutton”) are solitary, secretive and furtively avoid humans, keeping to remote, wild places.

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This is good good good news during this age of Extinctions.

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Animae C (508)
Sunday May 13, 2018, 3:52 pm
Well that is good news indeed!!!

TY Fiona

Colleen L (3)
Sunday May 13, 2018, 4:18 pm
Great news. I pray they are protected. Thanks Fiona

Melania P (123)
Monday May 14, 2018, 9:12 am
Wonderful news, for a change...

Janet B (0)
Monday May 14, 2018, 7:09 pm

Patricia N (9)
Monday May 14, 2018, 10:34 pm
Fascinating and tough animals.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 1:36 am
So glad.

Anne Haarhoff (52)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 5:46 am
Great news. TY, Fiona.

Danuta W (1251)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 6:50 am
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