Big thank you to all who contributed to our project this spring 2019! An official project update will be released here soon (mid-late November).
Fearsome, strong and solitary, the wolverine is not just a comic hero, but also the largest terrestrial weasel. This tough carnivore 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 have few young, and their 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 (2018 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.
To succeed, we work collaboratively with agency biologists, industry partners, non-profit conservation groups, and volunteer citizen-scientists to gather data and share the projects’ findings. Our goal is to educate and engage communities to build support for protecting the integrity of our large landscapes, conserving wildlife movements and habitat connectivity.
Enough talk! Watch the teaser for our documentary! If you crave more, 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