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The Elusive Wolverine

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Pound-for-pound the wolverine is known as one of Idaho's most formidable animals. But even the great wolverine is on the decline.

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This wolverine showed up in the Selkirk Mountains in 2012. IDFG photo.

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.

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 surveying backcountry sites to detect wolverines and better understand where they live and the habitats they use. During the winter of 2013-2014, we are partnering with Idaho Fish and Game and the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness to set up and monitor several sites in northern Idaho.

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