May 19 2020 Update
Thank you very much to all of you who contributed during this field season, be it financially, with in-kind help or helping out in the field. We have been on stand-by since early April, when the university suspended field activities for the time being. Hopefully we can complete the remaining field work soon. Considering the circumstances, this 3rd (and last) year of field work has been incredibly successful. Most sites were visited by wolverines, and we detected several new breeding females! We'll do a bit of a site revamp soon to make it easier for you to follow the progress or our several projects. So much going on that we want to share!
Fearsome, strong and solitary, the wolverine, the largest terrestrial weasel is a tough carnivore that needs huge, wild areas to survive. Despite its awesome reputation, the wolverine is not invincible.
Wolverines might be endangered in the US and are of Special Concern in BC and under the Canadian Species at Risk Act. Why? Wolverines habitat everywhere is increasingly impacted by human activity. Climate change is melting away the deep spring snowpack wolverines rely on for survival. How do these changes contribute to the decline in their numbers seen in many places?
Our research aims to better understand the effects of human activity on wolverine distribution, reproduction, connectivity and gene flow in Canada's Northern Columbia Region (2019 Annual Report), the Southern Columbia Region (Dens & Drones in the Kootenays) and the Canadian portion of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem (2016 Summary Report).
We use non-invasive methods such as remote cameras and DNA analysis of hair samples. We focus on landscape-scale questions of wolverine ecology in multi-use working landscapes. We aim to provide science-based information to agency decision-makers, landowners, natural resource companies, and First Nations so that the needs of wolverine are incorporated into land use plans, management plans, highway mitigation and other projects.
Enough talk! Watch the teaser for our documentary! If you crave more wolverine time, the full film is here.
Citizen Science - Report a Sighting
We would like to hear from you if you see a wolverine, wolverine sign (tracks, scats, den), or what you might think was a wolverine sign. We're interested in submissions from anywhere in Canada, but in particular from the Selkirks, Purcells, Monashees, Cariboos and Canadian Rockies: Report a sighting