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The Central Cascades Wolverine
This individual wolverine roams from Goat Rocks Wilderness to the south side of Mount Adams and was first photographed on May.29.2009 at a remote survey station. It visited a second station one mile away on June.23 and July.6 and on September.14, it was detected in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, 18.6 miles to the north. This distance is within the average home range of a wolverine, which can be 500 to 1000 miles squared. On February.2.2010, we came across wolverine tracks on the south side of Mount Adams at 4200 ft and followed them to a deer carcass. We set a camera at this spot to see what might come by. A wolverine did! It was the same individual as our north side and Goat Rocks wolverine! This wolverine has since visited two additional stations on the south side of the mountain. The distance between the furthest detections is 27.8 miles. We think it is incredible that a wolverine's activity area encompasses all of Mount Adams and the south half of the Goat Rocks Wilderness and look forward to tracking its progress as it hopefully visits more stations during our current field season. Please join us in this adventure and help us name the Central Cascades wolverine. We do not know whether it is a male or female and if it interacts with other wolverines but genetic analysis will yield this information soon.
Wolverine (Gulo gulo)
The wolverine is the largest terrestrial member of the weasel (Mustelid) family and has a reputation for being a feisty, wide ranging scavenger. Its distribution encompasses Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Canada, and Scandinavia.
For more information on current wolverine research, visit The Wolverine Foundation
On Feb.2.2010, I followed wolverine tracks to a deer carcass on the south side of Mount Adams. Nothing remained except for hair, hoof, and bone fragments. I set a camera at the site and baited it. The wolverine returned on Feb.14.2010 and I captured this photograph.
Our wandering glutton visited a station on the south side of Mount Adams, a distance of over 30 miles from Goat Rocks, where it was last detected in October.2010. I followed his tracks to a deer carcass and was able to collect scat, which will hopefully yield a genetic sample.
One of the project's objective is to collect genetic information on Cascade red fox populations throughout its' range. This is the fifteenth station where we have detected foxes.
Work is in full force on Mount Adams and in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. This marten was detected at our highest elevation station on Mount Adams, where winter conditions are prevailing.