Hikers, skiers, snowmobilers, and other backcountry users can be an important source of information for conservation and monitoring. We receive many reports of wolverine or wolverine track sightings every year, but few of these can be used because of a lack of clear evidence. In order to count as a verified sighting, we need precise information – preferably pictures and an accurate location. If you see a wolverine from a distance and can’t get a photo, let us know anyway, and be sure to note as many details as you can – time of day, location, landscape features, presence of food source in the area, and so on.
If you see wolverine tracks and have a camera, please do the following:
1. Take pictures. Take a close-up of an individual track, and then a longer shot of the gait. Include something in the pictures for scale – a pen, or some other item.
2. GPS the point, if possible. If you don’t have a GPS, locate the tracks as precisely as possible on a map.
3.Take a quick, qualitative assessment of your surroundings. Note landscape features, where the tracks are headed, whether there’s a food source nearby, or anything else of interest.
4. Post the information about the sighting here at the blog, or target it to one of the following sites:
The Wolverine Foundation’s reporting page collects reports from all over North America.
Please report sightings in the Greater Yellowstone Region at the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative’s wolverine reporting page. The site is linked to the Jackson Hole Nature Mapping project and is specifically designed to gather information about wolverines in Wyoming, where their status is largely unknown. NRCC is also interested in wolverine sightings across the region. A wolverine biologist will contact you for a follow-up discussion of the sighting.
If you’ve seen a wolverine in Canada, please report it here.
If you think you’ve seen a wolverine in New England or in the Midwestern US, please take a look at information about fishers, which are close relatives of the wolverine and equally intriguing. Wolverines are not found in New England or the Midwest (with the possible exception of released captives) but fishers are, and in the right light, they could look like small wolverines. If you still think you saw a wolverine, then by all means, let us know.