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Outdoors blog wolverine archive

THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016

MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016

TUESDAY, JAN. 19, 2016

A wolverine is seen in Glacier National Park. The wolverine will not be gaining threatened-species status. (Associated Press)

Four states join in wolverine research

WILDLIFE -- A multi-state, multi-agency effort getting underway should greatly improve our regional understanding of the elusive tough-guy of the weasel family. Western states team up on wolverine study: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington state will work together on a multiyear, multistate study of wolverine populations....

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MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

A wolverine is seen in Glacier National Park. The wolverine will not be gaining threatened-species status. (Associated Press)

Wildlife groups sue for wolverine protections 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Making it three-in-a-row posts on environmental lawsuits --- a coalition of advocacy groups today challenged the government’s denial of federal protections for the snow-loving wolverine, filing a lawsuit that contends officials ignored evidence a warming climate will eliminate denning areas for the...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2014

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014


U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist Keith Aubry holds a young female wolverine, the first to be captured in a study of the elusive creatures in the Pacific Northwest. 
 (Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho adopts wolverine management plan 

THREATENED SPECIES -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission last week unanimously approved the nation's first state management plan for sustaining the largest member of the weasel family. The Management Plan for the Conservation of Wolverines in Idaho, developed by Idaho Department of Fish and...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014

The wolverine is one of a handful of species the federal government says needs protection because of the effects of climate change on habitat. (Associated Press)

Comments due on Idaho's wolverine plan

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Monday, June 9, is the deadline to comment on the Idaho Wolverine Conservation Plan proposed by the state Fish and Game Department's. The document was released May 19 for a 21-day public review. Wolverines are members of the weasel family. In the...

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MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014

The wolverine, described as a 30-pound ball of muscle, teeth and attitude, requires vast wild areas to roam and survive. Researchers have been studying wolverines for years in Glacier National Park, one of the species’ last strongholds in the U.S. (File)

Researchers finding more wolverines

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Remote cameras, GPS monitoring and DNA testing continues to reveal more about one of the most secretive of North American carnivores. Montana, Alberta researchers report result of wolverine study A $1.7-million study begun in 2009 by Parks Canada, the Miistakis Institute in...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18, 2013

Wolverines, described as a 30-pound ball of muscle, teeth and attitude, require vast wild areas to roam and survive. Volunteers are helping researchers document where the carnivores are active in the Inland Northwest.

Protection elusive for elusive wolverine

USFWS again extends comment period on protection of wolverines A dispute on the reliability of conflicting research on wolverines was cited by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its decision to extend by six months the public comment period on a proposal to put...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013

THURSDAY, OCT. 3, 2013

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

The wolverine, largest member of the weasel family, lives at high elevations, where it relies on deep spring snowpacks to protect its young in reproductive dens. This mother wolverine has been key to research in Glacier National Park. (Photo by Bill Garwood)

State leaders oppose plan to protect wolverines

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- While 25 environmental groups quickly applauded a federal proposal to protect wolverines under the Endangered Species Act last week, officials from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming have declared the effort unnecessary. “There is no evidence suggesting that wolverines will not adapt sufficiently to...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013

Wolverines, described as a 30-pound ball of muscle, teeth and attitude, require vast wild areas to roam and survive. Volunteers are helping researchers document where the carnivores are active in the Inland Northwest.

25 groups call for protecting wolverines 

WILDLIFE -- The Lands Council based in Spokane joined 24 other environmental groups today in calling for the federal government to protect wolverines under provisions of the Endangered Species Act. In February, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the wolverine as a...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013

Wolverines, described as a 30-pound ball of muscle, teeth and attitude, require vast wild areas to roam and survive. Volunteers are helping researchers document where the carnivores are active in the Inland Northwest.

Wolverine, lynx, fishers studied in Montana

WILDLIFE -- Montana's big Crown of the Continent wilderness areas are providing fertile ground for research on wolverines, lynx and fishers, as you can read in this Missoulian story. This research eventually will blend with similar efforts in Idaho and Washington to help get a...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2013

A female wolverine and her cubs are seen in the Gravelly Range of southwest Montana in 2007. The government said Friday that wolverine habitat is threatened by climate change. (Associated Press)

Wide-ranging wolverine opened researchers' eyes

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to list the wolverine as a threatened species is generating more insight into the elusive carnivore. Even in modern times, wildlife biologists are just documenting the life-history suggested in this quote of the day: "We...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2013

After checking their first round of rare forest carnivore monitoring stations in the first week of January 2012, Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists discovered a wolverine had been caught on camera in the Selkirk Mountains of North Idaho.  The biologists have confirmed the wolverine visited the station twice.

Feds propose endangered status for wolverine 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposal listing the wolverine in the lower 48 states as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. See Associated Press story. The agency announced its proposal today, a dozen years after environmental groups...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9, 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

One of two wolverines photographed by Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department researchers using a motion activated camera at a baited camera station on April 13, 2011 in the Wallowa Mountains. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Volunteers to be trained for wolverine research

WILDLIFE -- A training workshop will be held Saturday in Sandpoint for volunteers planning to help wildlife researchers monitor wolverines, lynx and fishers in North Idaho this winter. The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, the Idaho Conservation League and Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE)...

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MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

Wolverine kit confirmed in North Cascades 

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- After six years of effort, Methow Valley-based researchers have documented that wolverines have produced kits this spring in the North Cascades south of Highway 20. A remote camera had photographed a GPD-collared female carrying a kit from one den to another. That's...

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MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

A Canada lynx visits a bait station set up by Idaho Fish and Game Department researchers monitoring wolverines in North Idaho. (Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness)

Lynx shows up at wolverine bait station 

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- Although they're trying to document the presence of wolverines, getting good snapshots of a Canada lynx still made the day for volunteers monitoring bait stations for the wolverine research project trail cams in North Idaho last week. The photo comes from a...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012

A snowshoe hare is caught in action by a trail cam set high in the Cabinet Mountains for wolverine research by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.  (Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness)

Trail-cam mystery critter identified

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A snowshoe hare is caught in action by a trail cam set high in the Cabinet Mountains for a wolverine research project funded by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. See martens, bobcats, volunteer helpers -- and even a wolverine --...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012

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