Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Update 4-4: Wild Wolverines in California

Updated below

Wow. A U.S. Forest Service automatic camera meant to photograph martens has now taken three photos of a wolverine near Lake Tahoe. They haven't been seen - conclusively - in the wild in the Sierras since the 1920s. (Via)

I've always been fascinatd with wolverines, since my Wild Kingdom days and the tales of their ferociousness. Just for that reason I can gleefully say that I came face to shoes with one - within ten feet I'd say - while walking the tundra above Chignik Bay while working in a cannery there in the 1980s. I didn't see him long; I went one way and he the other in a large hurry. Wished I'd just stood and watched him - but those stories...

Check out this video: two wolves; one wolverine; one deer carcass. (And a guy in head-to-toe white in the snow nearby.)

Update, 4/4: Calif. to expand wolverine search.

Also: Genetic tests on scat show that spotted wolverines are not descended from last known natives (gone 1922), but from a group that ranges the Rockies from Colorado up into Canada and into Alaska.



thepoetryman said...

Sweet video. That ending shot of the wolf thinking better of his attack and jumping over the viscious jaws of the wolverine was great.

LT said...

Yeah, I love that. It almost seemed playful on the wolverine's part. But it wasn't.

Bpaul said...

I'm excited about the wolverine reports. And that video is badass -- love the bad word usage in the beginning too, classic.