We are conducting scientific research to better understand the effects of human activity on wolverine distribution, connectivity and gene flow in the Columbia Region (2018 Annual Report) and the Canadian portion of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem (2016 Summary Report), to inform public and private land management that incorporate the needs of this elusive carnivore.

Chasing a Trace- teaser from Leanne Allison on Vimeo.

Using 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. Our projects are undertaking the crucial research required 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.

To succeed, we work collaboratively with agency biologists, local organizations, industry partners, non-profit conservation groups, and volunteer citizen-scientists to gather and disseminate the project's information.

The project educates and engages communities, while endeavoring to build citizen support for conserving the integrity of large landscapes, their ecological processes (particularly movement and habitat connectivity), and solutions that protect wildlife in the working landscapes of the study area.

Citizen Science

Wolverine Watch began in 2010 with seed funding from the Alpine Club of Canada. Wolverine Watch aims to contribute information on wolverine in the Canadian Rockies, the Columbia Mountain Ranges and beyond and increase awareness regarding their status.

While alpine climbing or ski touring, many have been inspired by the path of wolverine tracks. Like us, they seem to seek out aesthetic lines and retreat to locations that can only be defined as wild.

"We noticed, going straight up the fall line, the fresh tracks of an animal perhaps the size of a dog. We could not imagine what sort of creature would venture to this place so far from vegetation. At the bench our tracks diverged, the animal apparently determined to go "straight up"."

-W. Tupper, Canadian Alpine Journal 1962

Wolverine tracks Simon Meis - 2While traveling in the high country (or anywhere for that matter), we would like to hear from you if you do see a wolverine, wolverine sign (tracks, scats), or what you might think was a wolverine sign. We're interested in wolverine sightings from anywhere in Western Canada, but in particular from the Selkirks, Purcells, Monashees, Cariboos and Canadian Rockies: Report a sighting