Wolverine

By: Ali Rose

Physical Attributes, Life Span, and Diet

Wolverines resemble small bears, but they are in fact the largest member of the weasel family. They can grow up to be up to 40 inches in length and weigh 24-40 pounds. Wolverines can live up to 7 to 12 years in the wild. They're opportunistic eaters, so they'll eat almost anything from plants and berries, to carrion, rodents, and weakened caribou.


Behavior and Habitat

Wolverines are nocturnal and solitary creatures. They're extremely fierce, and will challenge animals much larger than it. Some have even been seen driving a Grizzly bear off of a kill! Wolverines can be found in sub-arctic regions of Canada, Northern Europe, Russia, Siberia, Alaska, and many other places.


What's Happening to their Home?

The wolverine's natural habitat is quickly being destroyed. This is because people are wiping out the area and creating houses and other buildings. Yet, the wolverines are not in extreme danger currently. Their population is stable in over 4 areas, declining in 3, unknown in 2, and limited in 1. Although they seem fine now, the wolverines are still slowly reaching extinction.


What People Are Doing

The Western Environmental Law Center is trying to collect evidence that will put the wolverine on the Endangered Species list, preserve habitats for wolverines, and advocate for the end of wolverine trapping in Montana. Also, the Colorado Division of Wildlife and conservation groups are attempting to reintroduce and restore the population of wolverines in the Southern Rockies.