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Let’s Get Wolverines on the Endangered Species List

The wolverine is one of the most astonishing and most misunderstood creatures on earth.  Its scientific name of Gulo gulo, or “glutton glutton,” is hardly complimentary, and offers insight into what wolverine biologist Kerry Murphy described as “a serious PR problem” back in late June 2008.

Murphy was teaching a Yellowstone Association Institute field course, Yellowstone’s Pack of Predator Concerns.  Though it’s been almost five years since I attended the four-day class, I still remember the key points Murphy hammered home: wolverines are rare, they’re in trouble, and they get remarkably little sympathy.

wolverine in snow - USFS image

Built like low-slung bears with long tails, wolverines are at home in snowy environments. USFS photo.

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