Posted by: cherylyoung | March 17, 2013

The Wolverine is a resident of B.C It’s not likely you’ll encounter one but if you do don’t bother to stop and say hello


Gulo gulo

Considered the toughest mammal pound for pound in

 the forest,  the wolverine is still vulnerable to bears,

cougars and wolf packs, and many die crossing railway

 and highways or while scavenging on road kill

There is probably no other animal that has generated

 as much legend for its size as the Wolverine.


Males can weigh almost 15 kilograms, which is much

 less than many family dogs, but there are reports of

Wolverines taking down deer.


Their ferocity when cornered is awesome.


 Wolverines are not common, and this, along with

 their secretive habits, may be why they are

rarely seen.

 They live in forested areas, where they capture

small  mammals and birds.


Wolverines depend heavily in winter on carrion,

 and their jaw  are incredibly strong, and well suited

 to feeding on frozen  animal carcasses.


They are well known, too, for their predation on

 trappers’ catches, and cached provisions.


The pelt of the Wolverine itself has traditionally had

 a unique value – it is considered the best fur to trim a

 parka hood, because it sheds  frost without

 becoming wet.


Wolverines mate in early summer, but implantation

of the egg is delayed until winter.


 After a gestation of about two months, the litter of

two to five young  is born in spring, usually in a den

under rocks or tree roots.


And if you should ever see one, it will be short legged,

and dark all over with two buffy stripes running along

 its sides and joining over its tail.


 Wolverines are scattered in suitable habitat throughout

British Columbia, except the Queen Charlotte Islands.


 The Vancouver Island race is little known, and sight

records are very few.




WolverinGulo gulo or Glutton, Skunk Bear


Description – A bulky, bear-like animal, the wolverine

 is dark brown  with broad, yellowish bands from

 shoulders to hips, meeting at the  base of the tail.

 The male is generally larger than the female and

average weight  is 18-42 pounds.


Distribution – Preferring forests and tundra,

the wolverine is distributed throughout British

 Columbia except in heavily populated areas.


The also occupy Alaska, Yukon, and the Northwest

 Territories but are rare in the Prairies and eastward.


Biology – 2 to 5 wolverine young are born in the early

 spring in protected area such as a thicket or

rock crevice.


They remain with their mother for 2 years.

The wolverine eats anything it can find or kill; being

 poor hunters  they tend to follow wolves and bears,

 feeding off the leftovers  from kills.


In general, the most severe winters when ungulates

 fare poorly  are the winters when wolverine thrive.


 Because the oils in the wolverines fur make it frost

resistant, man uses it abundantly to line or trim

 parka hoods. 


The main cause of mortality in wolverines is

 trapping by man. 

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