The wolverine, tough as they come. This amazing, elusive animal has been misunderstood for generations. In partnership with The Wolverine Foundation, we are dedicating time and effort to raise awareness about the truth behind this powerful creature. Join us as we shift perceptions and discover the beauty of the real wolverine.
The wolverine is the largest land-dwelling member of the weasel family. Powerfully built, Gulo gulo (Its Latin name) are well adapted for winter survival. Having a plantigrade posture, the ability to walk on the soles of its feet (as bears and humans), the animal moves easily through soft, deep snow. A wolverine skull is heavily built and its teeth are large and strong. Along with powerful jaw muscles, the wolverine can easily feed on frozen meat and bone.
Thanks to the healthy population of the large herbivores such as deer, elk, moose, and caribou, the wolverine still thrives. These species make up the bulk of its diet for most of the year. Small animals have to suffice in frozen areas, ground squirrels in Alaska in late winter and spring diets, and snow shoe hare in the Yukon. Berries and fruits have appeared in the wolverine's diet, but they are clearly not as essential as a diet comprised primarily of meat.
Wolverine habitat is most generally considered to be boreal, sub-alpine forest and arctic tundra. Generally this means that the elusive wolverine prefers to stay hidden away in higher elevation forested or tundtra habitats in the northern hemisphere. Wolverine tend to move to lower elevation habitats in winter where carrion (or the carcasses of dead elk, deer, moose and reindeer) is more easily found.