A graduate student at Oregon State Univeristy, Katie Moriarty detects a wolverine in the Tahoe National Forest during her study of American martens. The wolverine detection marks the first confirmed report in California in over 80 years. Researchers are unsure whether the individual indeed walked from the Rocky Mountains but follow-up genetic work informs them that it indeed derives from an Idaho population.
Wildlife biologist Jocelyn Akins sets the first survey station for what will become the Cascades Carnivore Project. The Mount Adams Wolverine Study is initiated to document the presence of wolverines around Mount Adams, following the remote detection of a wolverine on the Yakama Reservation. The Yakama Nation's Forest Carnivore Project detected the wolverine at one of their remote camera stations on the northeast side of Mount Adams on the Reservation’s wild lands in 2006. Follow-up efforts have not yielded further evidence of the wolverine.
After establishing a partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, research begins in earnest on snowshoe and ski by the Mount Adams Wolverine Study.