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Wolverine
Wolverine (Gulo gulo)
Information
Common Name Glutton, Carcajou, Skunk Bear and Quickhatch
Range Northern Hemisphere
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Mustelidae
Genus Gulo
Species Gulo Gulo
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Wolverine is a species from the Gulo genus. It can be found primarily in remote reaches of the Northern boreal forests and subarctic and alpine tundra of the Northern hemisphere.

Appearance

Wolverines have a stocky, muscular body supported by short legs, rounded ears and head, and thick, dark colored fur that is frost resistant. They can be easily mistaken for a bear cub due to its bear-like appearance.

Behaviour

The wolverine is a powerful predator and scavenger. Because it is solitary, the wolverine requires a lot of space to roam.

Diet

Its diet consists of small mammals and has been recorded for killing prey such as adult deer.

Lifespan

Breeding season starts in June or August. Litters of typically two or three young ("kits") are born in the spring. Sometimes the young will live with their mother until they are two years of age, when they mature enough to reproduce themselves. An average Wolverine lives for about seven to twelve years.

Gallery

Videos

Wolverine to the Rescue!

Wolverine to the Rescue!

Jasper the Wolverine

Jasper the Wolverine








Photos

Facts

  • Like the bear, the wolverine has poor eyesight, although its hearing and sense of smell are very good.
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