The Wolverine Way

The Wolverine Way

Douglas H. Chadwick

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0980122740

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Glutton, demon of destruction, symbol of slaughter, mightiest of wilderness villains... The wolverine comes marked with a reputation based on myth and fancy. Yet this enigmatic animal is more complex than the legends that surround it. With a shrinking wilderness and global warming, the future of the wolverine is uncertain. The Wolverine Way reveals the natural history of this species and the forces that threaten its future, engagingly told by Douglas Chadwick, who volunteered with the Glacier Wolverine Project. This five-year study in Glacier National Park - which involved dealing with blizzards, grizzlies, sheer mountain walls, and other daily challenges to survival - uncovered key missing information about the wolverine's habitat, social structure and reproduction habits. Wolverines, according to Chadwick, are the land equivalent of polar bears in regard to the impacts of global warming. The plight of wolverines adds to the call for wildlife corridors that connect existing habitat that is proposed by the Freedom to Roam coalition.

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most familiar members. From a public relations standpoint, this is a bit unfortunate, considering how corporate shills, slammers, faithless lovers, and hedge fund managers keep giving weasels a bad name. The best-known carnivores tend to come from the dog, cat, and bear families. Many of them rank among the most popular of all animals. Apart from fur trappers, people pay scant attention to the must elides by comparison. Yet this is arguably the most successful carnivore family, for it contains by

I’d never quite grasped how different the conformation of the body was from that of its short-legged kin. This specimen’s upper and lower limb bones were surprisingly stout and long, especially for a mustered. The feet underneath sprawled almost three-quarters the length of my outstretched hand. Together, these features so dominated the animal’s frame that the rest of the skeleton started to look like a light carriage atop them. My mind called up goofy images of monster trucks with their little

weeks later, I found F22 in her birthplace, the Snow Moon/Falling Leaf hanging valley, together with her mom. Daughter in tow, F2 scaled the valley’s headwall and crossed into the Grinnell drainage through a notch in the shoulder of Mount Allen. Extremely steep on both sides, the notch was the apex of one of those shortest-way-from-point-A-to-B/mountains-feel-like-flatlands-to-me wolverine itineraries. Like the rest of the countryside, it lay under a fresh, slippery blanket of white. I had to

before long.” We learned very few details about F7 from the GPS collar. She worked the hi-tech necklace loose and dropped it shortly after we let her go. Nevertheless, she was sighted in her territory during the summer of 2007 with her telltale missing chunk of lip and exposed fang, and also during 2008, accompanied by a pair of new kits. She may have looked beat-up, but she was by no means beaten. One way or another, she was able to keep moving, keep breeding, and keep leading babies into the

development. His place lies within a critical wildlife corridor between the public lands rising on either side of the valley. He took the wolf tracks for confirmation that his property was doing its part to keep the wild community whole. I wanted to introduce Bud Moore here not only because he’s helping reconnect ecosystems by adding private land to the habitat mix but also as an example of a hunter and trapper I admire. I’ve hunted. Most of my friends and acquaintances in Montana shoot wild

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