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Wolverine caught on film in WA's southern Cascades

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Oct 20, 2009 12:30 PM |
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A rare sighting of a wolverine south of Mt. Rainier was captured on a remote camera in the southern portion of the Goat Rocks Wilderness at 6300 ft.

Wolverine caught on film in WA's southern Cascades

A wolverine visits a baited camera station in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Photo courtesy Cascades Carnivore Project.

Our friends over at the Gifford Pinchot Task Force have captured images of a wolverine in the southern portion of the Goat Rocks Wilderness at 6300 ft. This is big news as wolverine sightings south of Mt. Rainier have been few and far between.

Here's a tidbit from the Cascades Carnivore Project blog page:

This individual appears similar to one detected by our efforts on the north side of Mount Adams, a distance of 30 km (19 mi), and may or may not be the same individual. Photographs from both detections show similar chest markings: a set of three vertical small white patches of either side of the neck and a white splotch under the chin. This recent detection did not yield any genetic samples as the wolverine did not approach the bait. At this time, we are not able to confirm or refute the possibility of more than one individual in the south Cascade Range. We will return to the area this winter to attempt to collect genetic samples if conditions permit. The Goat Rocks Wilderness comprises extremely steep slopes and wide, avalanche basins and thus may not permit winter research. 

This is exciting news and adds to the knowledge bank on these wily critters.  The Taskforce's wildlife monitoring is a great compliment to Conservation Northwest's Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project which has been generally focused on documenting grizzly bears, wolves, and wolverine in the area north of Mt. Rainier.

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Posted by Conservation Media at Nov 13, 2009 12:33 PM
This is amazing! I've trapped and radio-collared these tough little buggers in the past and have nothing but respect for them. Tough as nails. The fact that their is increasing evidence for them in the Cascades--and even the Sierras!---has been largely advanced by cameras. There is no disputing camera images, but moderate to low-quality track sightings are dismissed all the time. Hail digital media for conservation!!!!


Jeremy Roberts
ConservationMedia.com

WOW

Posted by Jim at Jan 16, 2012 02:39 PM
I am s so excited to see evidence and hopefully a good comeback.

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