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 Wolverine (Gulo gulo)




Wolverine | Gulo gulo photo
Wolverine photographed at the Järvzoo, near Järvsö, Sweden

Photograph by Carsten Drossel. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Wolverine | Gulo gulo photo
Wolverine photographed at the Järvzoo, near Järvsö, Sweden

Photograph by Carsten Drossel. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Wolverine | Gulo gulo photo
Wolverine photographed at Red River Zoo, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Photograph by Josh More. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

WOLVERINE FACTS

Description
The Wolverine looks like a large marten. It is heavily built with strong legs, large head, small rounded ears and short tail. Wolverines have long blackish brown fur with a light brown band down each side of body from shoulder to base of tail. Wolverines are very powerful for their size and can bring down large prey such as deer.

Size
Head and body length: 65-105 cm. Tail length: 17-26 cm. Females are smaller than males.

Environment
forests, mountains or open plains and brushlands.

Food
Can bring down large prey such as reindeer, wild sheep, and elk. Also eats birds, eggs. It can move rapidly when attacking prey reaching over 45km/hr.

Breeding
The female builds a den in the snow where she gives birth and nurses the young. One to six yound are born between January and April. The young are weaned after 8-10 weeks, and reach adult size after one year.

Range
northern Europe and Siberia through northern North America. Wolverines have disappeared over most of southeastern and south-central Canada. In Europe, they can only be found now in parts of Scandinavia and northern Russia.

Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "vulnerable".

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Mustelidae
Genus:Gulo
Species:gulo
Common Name:Wolverine