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

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 endeavouring 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 (WW) began in 2010 with seed funding from the Alpine Club of Canada. WW aims to contribute information on wolverine in the Canadian Rockies, the Columbia Mountain Ranges and beyond, increase awareness regarding their status, and recruit volunteers to assist with large-scale wolverine surveys during winter.

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 would like to hear about your wolverine sightings from anywhere in Western Canada, but in particular from the Selkirks, Purcells, Monashees and Cariboos. Your input will contribute to expanding our knowledge about this enigmatic species: Report a sighting

 

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Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

It is so cool that we can get photo and video footage of most wildlife nowadays. Neat to watch this wolverine solve the “lynx trap puzzle”. It’s..

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Timeline Photos

Winter fieldwork is challenging. Summer fieldwork even more so! Managed to finally get to the last two sites near Meadow Creek, BC, last week…

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Timeline Photos

This is Rolf, one of our four Wiegele wolverines! He is taking a well deserved rest after an evening spent climbing the tree and the run pole..

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