Tracking a Wolverine Through the American West

Researchers track a lost wolverine, Buddy, on his odyssey through forests, mountains and frozen lakes. 

RELATED TAGS: ANIMALS

Sometime in 2008 a young male wolverine left his home in the mountains of Idaho. No one saw him go. He probably went west and then south, keeping to the highest ground and powering over obstacles, as wolverines tend to do. He forded a major river, the Snake, and a major highway, I-84, then had smooth sailing through the emptiness of eastern Oregon. Traversing a distance of 500 miles, he finally reached a forest near Truckee, Calif., in the central Sierra Nevada range. It had been decades since a wolverine roamed these woods...

 

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