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Watch: Second Yosemite Wolverine Sighted After Almost a Century

When it comes to animal sightings, few are rarer than the Yosemite Wolverine. As of June 2023, only two have been spotted in around 100 years. Astonishingly, before that, it was last seen in the 1920s. Many might be unaware of their existence, but within the lush and dense Yosemite National Park – a haven of waterfalls, wilderness and pristine lakes – are Wolverine’s, who have managed to remain unseen.

The Enigmatic Lives of Yosemite’s Wolverines

The Yosemite Wolverine, known for its scientific name Gulo gulo luscus, has evolved to become a master of solitude and stealth in this remarkable national park. These creatures are elusive, with a natural gift for evading human presence. Their scarcity in sightings can be attributed to an intricate tapestry of factors that weave their enigmatic existence.

Yosemite National Park, sprawling across nearly 1,200 square miles, encompasses a diverse array of ecosystems, from high alpine meadows to dense forests. The Wolverines have carved out their secretive lives in the most remote and rugged corners of the park. With wide-ranging home territories that can span hundreds of square miles, encounters with humans are naturally infrequent.

Their elusive behavior is further emphasized by their preference for crepuscular and nocturnal activities. Most visitors to the park explore its beauty during the day, unaware that, under the cover of twilight and darkness, these Wolverines come to life. Their ability to move stealthily through the thick vegetation and across challenging terrains ensures that they remain shrouded in mystery.

Watch The Sighting:

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Credit: KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco

Characteristics of Yosemite Wolverine’s

Although small in stature, the Yosemite Wolverine, armed with incredible strength and adaptability, is a true survivor of the wild. They are opportunistic scavengers and can traverse large distances in search of food. In their pursuit of sustenance, they leave behind tracks and signs of their presence, but rarely the animals themselves.

Wolverine standing on a rock with vegetaion in the background

Are They Under Threat?

Preservation of the Yosemite Wolverine’s habitat within the park is essential. Historically, human activities such as logging and development have encroached upon their remote territories, contributing to their rarity. To maintain the delicate balance of the park’s ecosystem and safeguard these elusive creatures, conservation efforts are vital.

In the heart of Yosemite National Park, the Yosemite Wolverine represents a living symbol of untamed wilderness. Their rare and enigmatic nature serves as a powerful reminder of the hidden treasures that lie within the lush landscapes of this natural wonderland, beckoning us to continue our quest to preserve and protect these pristine environments.

Judy Darice Sebert

Monday 29th of April 2024

Hi I read Freddie Hineys article on wolverines. From my experience for a few years in mid-Missouri Saline County, I think wolverines are females who become pregnant and need to feed their young. I had a black male in my area. His mate was braun and it was she I suspect is the wolverine when she is pregnant. He made himself scarce and left prints at night. She, however, I spotted in daylight on the outside of my farm. He was, first, one winter in 2016. She was a wolverine the following winter, I am sure. She left very long claw marks all over the snow on my property. I walked to the mailbox and was spotting them.. I checked closer to my house and sure enough there were her claw marks and one set of a baby cubs footprints.

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