Two chubby, furry wolverine kits roughed and tumbled together in the snow in Washington State this spring. What’s very special about these two and their mother is that they have been spotted in the southern Cascades for the first time in a very long time. The largest member of the weasel family, they will need to travel far to find mates. A wildlife overpass system in Washington may help them out.
There probably were never many wolverines in the U.S., but their numbers dwindled severely. They were exterminated in Washington in the early 1900s; trappers resented them eating their bait and taking their trappings. They were also hunted extensively. These are probably genetically related to a Canadian population. It’s estimated that only about 300 can be found in the U.S. today.
Dependent on deep snow that lasts into the late spring, they are sensitive to climate change. We hope their tenacity pays off.
For more information, go to: https://www.conservationnw.org/our-work/wildlife/wolverine/