Wolverine captured on trail cam

Years ago, while hunting elk in the Bridger-Teton Wilderness, my uncle Mark and I saw what we believe was a young wolverine. We didn’t get a photo, and it was never documented, but the owner of the Louis Lake Lodge had better luck this spring.

Louis Lake Lodge owner Steve Faerber set up a trail camera out in front of his lodge this winter, and that camera caught a very rare sight. It captured a wolverine plodding through the snow.

Wolverines are known to be found in Wyoming, but very few people ever get to see them. They’re extremely secretive, and they live in areas where humans seldom travel. They’re so elusive, only three were documented in the Wind River Range, where the Louis Lake Lodge is, between 2015 and 2017.

I wish I’d gotten a photo of that young wolverine in the Bridger-Teton wilderness. It would be nice to know for sure if it was actually a wolverine, or if it was instead a badger or another mustelid relative. I’m pretty sure it was a wolverine, but without a photo, I can never be absolutely certain.

Wolverines are incredible creatures. The fact that they are so mysterious only adds to their allure. But even if they were easier to find, they’d still be cool. Biologists found the aftermath in Yellowstone a few years ago of a black bear/wolverine fight. The wolverine lost that match, but you’ve got to give it props for trying. The bear was undoubtedly at least 10 times the wolverine’s 27 pounds.

Well done catching that image of a wolverine, Steve. I hope your trail camera captures more of them.

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