Wolverines and the Endangered Species Act

Wickersham's Conscience

Wolverine in Sweden, 2013 (Photo Jonathan Othén, used under Creative Commons License)

WC has only seen three wolverines the wild. And none of them resulted in a photo.

WC saw the first on the third day of a torrential rainstorm, washed out of an attempt to climb Scott Peak, hiking out down Sunset Creek in Denali National Park. That wolverine was loping steadily upstream – the gait is unmistakable – on the other side of the flood-swollen creek in the hard rain, not looking any happier drenched than we did.

The second was on a canoe trip down the Delta River. Another canoe had capsized, and we were on the west bank, drying stuff out and warming the cold, wet folks up, when a wolverine came down a cut bank maybe 50 meters downstream on the other side of the river. The animal calmly drank a little water, sniffed the…

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