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Quest to find the elusive wolverine!

Quest to find the elusive wolverine!

Our fabulous British intern Hannah Field shares her recent expedition to Washington's South Cascades to set up a wolverine camera trap with our volunteer coordinator Alison Huyett and Conservation Northwest volunteer Mike Hitchner.

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Step up wolverine protections

Step up wolverine protections

Posted by bchristensen at Nov 27, 2013 11:50 AM |

Wolverines are back in the Washington! But their hold in the North Cascades and Rockies is fragile – only about 300 remain in the contiguous United States, mostly in the northern Rockies. It is estimated that about two-thirds of wolverine's snowbound habitat will be gone by the end of the century as the climate warms. Finally, after years of delay and quite a bit of encouragement from Conservation Northwest, our allies, and supporters, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is taking action. They need to hear from you! Finally, after years of delay, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is taking action and they need to hear from you. Their proposal is a good start, but wolverines need more.

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Wild Christmas for wolverines

Wild Christmas for wolverines

Posted by bchristensen at Jan 07, 2013 04:05 PM |
Filed under: Wolverine wolverine

Scott Fitkin, wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Service got an early present on Christmas Eve. Approaching the sprung box trap made of massive logs in the Twisp River watershed probably made him feel like a kid sneaking up on his pile of presents under the tree, because he knew that, inside, there was some kind of animal...

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It's a girl! Meet wolverine Peg

It's a girl! Meet wolverine Peg

Posted by Jen Watkins at Jun 27, 2012 05:34 PM |

On April 1 this year (no fooling) our remote cameras captured images of a wolverine outside of Leavenworth. This evidence of wolverine presence south of Highway 2 is meaningful - and exciting! - on its own. But now we know more. Newest of our remote camera captures, Cascades wolverine Peg is descendent of no wolverine yet recorded. Conservation Northwest's Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Program has discovered a unique wolverine in the Cascades! Monitoring volunteer for the camera station, Jim Clark, was granted naming rights, and Jim chose to name her Peg, after Peg Stark who helped to establish and run the Scottish High Camp.

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Wolverine-sized leap south

Wolverine-sized leap south

Posted by kmcgurn at Apr 12, 2012 04:15 PM |

It's no late April Fool's joke: on April 1st, our remote camera program made a great discovery in the Cascades! [SLIDESHOW]

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Wolverine week

Wolverine week

[VIDEO] Wolverines seem to be everywhere... in our inboxes and on YouTube, in the Cascades and the Colville National Forest. It's a great week for the wild!

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It's after Earth Day, and the Act still works

It's after Earth Day, and the Act still works

Posted by Erin Moore at Apr 24, 2011 11:25 PM |

Earth Day was celebrated for the first time 41 years ago, when an estimated 20 million Americans rallied for the Earth, partly due to witnessing the ravages of the massive 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill--third largest in US history after Exxon Valdez and the Gulf Spill that also hit the one year mark this year. In 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed by a Congress and the American people, who recognized that we were driving species to extinction by our rampant use of DDT, our belching smokestacks, our lakes on fire, and our massive oil spills.

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Avalanche, thy name is wolverine

Avalanche, thy name is wolverine

Between a wolverine and the elements is a stubborn tenacity and drive to move and... well... that’s it. Me, I’m trapped behind stuff: three layers of clothes, absurdly cushioned boots, a large, bumblebee-colored backpack filled with even more clothes, tools, and horribly stinky beaver lure which I pray to not break in transit.

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The Wolverine Way

The Wolverine Way

Posted by Erin Moore at Jan 18, 2011 05:45 PM |
Filed under: wolverine North Cascades

A quick review of a fascinating new book on wolverines. Biologist and journalist Doug Chadwick tells the story of an animal marvelously designed for hunting in winter, posing the question: How will this courageous and intriguing "southern polar bear" survive climate change and melting snow packs?

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Thrill kill beyond comprehension

Thrill kill beyond comprehension

A recent report on King 5 about someone "thrill" killing 4 elk in Grays Harbor County left me feeling sick and at the same time very very mad. As a long time elk hunter, this waste of several very important lives is more than despicable, it is beyond most reasonable people's ability to understand.  

I have hiked back miles to an elk I have taken, just to backpack out the smallest portion and not waste one small precious amount of the elk. To hear of people who would kill several elk "for the fun of it," out of season, along a road, and leave them to rot, is not even comprehensible.  

These were not hunters.  Hunters know the animals they hunt, respect them and would never waste them in such a way.  These were just common criminals.  They may have been in a big truck, wearing camouflage, and looked like hunters, but believe me, they were in no way hunters.  Just low life, common criminals. 

Anyone who poaches an elk, or deer, wolf or eagle, or who shoots a blue jay just to watch it die, is no hunter.  Hunters are conservationists.  They care about the environment, and all the creatures in that system.  They watch eagles, and hawks and take joy in seeing a coyote or a chipmunk while they pursue the animals they are hunting.  Whether they get a deer or an elk that day or even that season is not what is important to them. For me and many like me,  it's just being out in nature, enjoying the beauty and simplicity of our wild areas.  These "poachers" may never be caught.  These criminals, may never pay the civil penalty for their actions.  At best they have awakened in others that this kind of behavior is totally unacceptable and should be reported whenever and wherever it is being done.

[Video from King 5] [Protect our shared resources; please report all poaching to WDFW here]

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