Wolverines in Canada

More on Oregon wolverines shortly, but in the meantime, here’s an article about wolverines in Canada. The article begins with an account of the first confirmed instance of a wolverine using a wildlife overpass, near Banff National Park, and goes on to give a good summary of the state of knowledge about Canadian wolverines. Of note, Tony Clevenger, the head researcher responsible for monitoring wildlife use of highway crossing structures, states in the article:

“A strong argument can be made that wolverines – not bears and caribou – should be our focus when assessing the overall health of some ecosystems. They certainly may hold the key to our understanding of landscape fragmentation.”

This notion of wolverines, ecosystem health, and habitat fragmentation is worth considering in greater depth, but I’m going to defer that discussion until after the holidays. The article is worth the read. Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Wolverines in Canada

  1. THANKS FOR THE ARTICLE REFERENCE. ONE SMALL DISTINCTION THOUGH. THE WOLVERINE USED AN OVERPASS NOT AN UNDERPASS. THIS MAY SEEM LIKE A SUBTLE DIFFERENCE BUT SOMETIMES THEY ARE CRITICAL, IE: SOME SPECIES OR INDIVIDUALS MAY USE AN OVERPASS WHERE IT’S CLEAR OVERHEAD BUT BE LEERY OF GOING UNDER SOMETHING. EITHER WAY IT’S ENCOURAGING TO LEARN THAT THESE STRUCTURES ARE IN SOME SMALL WAY
    MAY BE OF USE TO A VARIETY OF SPECIES IN AN INCREASINGLY FRAGMENTED WESTERN CANADA.

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