I have found an interesting article about wolverines which I wanted to share with you. The article is entitled: "Demons of the Dark Forest", and it is written by Ed Struzik, of the Edmonton Journal. You can read this article by clicking on the following link which will take you to the online edition of the Vancouver Sun newspaper:
Sadly, "The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada considers wolverines found west of Hudson Bay to be of “special concern” and the eastern population, found in Quebec and Labrador, to be “endangered.”
"There are two main reasons why wolverine populations disappeared from parts of North America. The first is that wolverines are scavengers—which means they feed on carrion, or dead animals—and are attracted to bait. Because the wolverines damaged traplines, early trappers used any means to kill them, including poison. The extensive wolf poisoning programs that occurred throughout Canada beginning in the late 1700s also killed many wolverines."
"The second, and more important, reason for the decline of wolverine populations is that wolverines have a low resiliency because of their low densities and low reproduction, or the number of young that are successfully produced and raised. This means that wolverine populations have a difficult time rebounding once their numbers have been lowered by either nature or human-influenced factors."
Efforts are being taken in Alberta to ensure the survival of the Wolverine as a species in our province. You can read about the efforts of "The Alberta Wolverine Working Group" by visiting the following website
You can learn about the efforts of the Wolverine Foundation within Alberta by visiting this website:
Alberta Wolverine Experimental Monitoring Project:
It is very unlikely that most people in Alberta will ever get a chance to see living wolverine. This is due to their reclusive nature and because Wolverine females rarely have large litters. Thanks to the wonders of technology and due to the efforts of lovers of Wildlife I was able to find a website with a great video which shows a wolverine in the wild:
Some other videos about wolverines can be viewed at the following website:
Source of image:http://www.sierraclub.bc.ca/flathead-river-valley/wolverine-not-a-cuddly-teddy-bear-substitute