The Wolverine Way by Douglas Chadwick (c2010)

wolverine_way.jpgThe way of the wolverine has long been a mystery. Rarely encountered in the wild, the wolverine has for the most part eluded scientific study. Chadwick was part of a team of scientists and wolverine enthusiasts that wanted to know more. From 2002 to 2007 they trapped (see photo below) and tagged and radio-chipped the resident wolverine population of Glacier National Park in Montana. And now he has documented their findings.

Wolverines eat whatever prey they can catch or scavenge. And not just the meat, they devour the bones and skulls as well. Protein equals fuel and wolverines need a lot of it as they are always on the move. Female territories often cover 200 miles and male territories twice that.

Cunning and fearless and relentless, a wolverine would just as soon climb up and over a mountain than go around it. They will fight bears and wolves off a carcass if the mood strikes them. They even have a cool scientific name, Gulo Gulo. But they are also in peril (at least in the lower 48) thanks to global warming and other human pressures.

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- submitted by Tom S. @ MPL Central

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