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      WOLVERINES   (Gulo Gulo)

Wolverines have been called "Hyena of The North", "Skunk-Bear", "Devil Dog" and "Evil One".   Because they are so rarely seen they have been greatly misunderstood.

 
 WOLVERINES


If you are fortunate enough to see a wolverine then go buy a lottery ticket. You have been extremely lucky to see an animal who does not want to be within 20 miles of you!

 
Wolverines, as members of the weasel family, are related to the American badger, mink, fisher, marten, ferret, otter and several other species called weasels. A wolverine's territory can be enormous, with one of the largest territories of any animal on earth.


Athabasca Falls

 
Part of the Weasel family. Wolverines are rarely seen by humans as there are fewer than 900 in Alberta. Coats of fur can be brown or black. The fur is long, shiny with a yellowish band across the head and another across its lateral side. They do excrete urine and other odors to mark their territory, which earned them the dubious title of "stinky skunk" from early settlers to Alberta.

What do wolverines eat? Well would you believe that an animal 3 feet long would live off of hoofed animals. Can you imagine such an animal attacking a fully grown buck or moose? They also eat birds, beavers, mice, marmots, porcupines, ground squirrels, berries, nuts and just about anything else they can catch or steal. Wolverines, like many carnivores are scavengers and have a keen sense of smell for another animal's fresh kill. The jaws of wolverines are extrememly powerful and they can use them to crush large bones.

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THE WEASEL FAMILY

Wolverines run (if you can call it that) in a very unusual
hopping, hunched over back, side and front-over gait!

Wolverine

 

     EDITH CAVELL VALLEY

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