The Elusive Wolverine
Pound-for-pound the wolverine is known as one of Idaho's most formidable animals. But even the great wolverine is on the decline.
The wolverine is one of Idaho’s most elusive animals. Wolverines live primarily at high elevations and rely on persistent winter and spring snowpack for denning and rearing. Unfortunately, wolverine populations are declining as climate change reduces the availability of suitable habitat. Winter recreation is also thought to be one of the threats to wolverine survival and reproduction.
So what is ICL doing to help out? We are one of several conservation groups that petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to add wolverines to the endangered species list. Special habitat protections and a recovery plan will be developed if the wolverine is listed.
We’re also conducting a citizen’s science project in Northern Idaho to determine which areas wolverines inhabit. During the winter of 2013-2014, ICL will recruit volunteers to assist with this project. Other researchers are also monitoring wolverine populations in Central Idaho. Collectively, this information will help wildlife managers determine how best to conserve wolverines in Idaho.