June 29, 2009
Wolverine Spotted in Colorado
By Dave Hurteau
A wolverine has made its way into Colorado for what researchers believe is the first time in 90 years.
Wolverines are the largest land-dwelling members of the weasel family. Adult wolverines average about 30 pounds. Resident adults occupy arctic habitats in Alaska and Canada, and range south into the lower 48 states only high in mountains where near-arctic conditions exist.
The Colorado wolverine, a young male labeled M56, was captured near Grand Teton National Park and traveled approximately 500 miles during April and May, successfully navigating ...
... significant man-made features including Interstate 80, wildlife officials announced today.
"Wolverines are the real 'iron men' of the animal kingdom traveling seemingly non-stop in some of the most rugged country in North America," said Robert Inman, director of WCS's Yellowstone Wolverine Program. "It is great news that this animal has ventured into Colorado where it hasn't been documented in 90 years, but it also underscores the need to manage this species at a multi-state, landscape scale."