31 Mar

In the 1920’s, the last wolverine was seen in California.  Since then, rumors of sightings have occasionally cropped up.  However, a researcher who was trying to get footage of a Marten, got a real surprise instead.  The first Wolverine sighting in California in more than 80 years!  First story Second Story with a face shot!

Wolverine at Detroit Zoo, photo by Tut99

Wolverine at Detroit Zoo, photo by Tut99

Scientists have suspected there were wolverines still in California but none have been seen.  My stepfather studied at Cal Berkeley in the 50’s and at that time his professor estimated there were 51 pairs in California.  The California Academy of Sciences says that they are extremely rare and may be extinct.  (click)  It’s unclear if this is part of a small band of Wolverines descended from those who have historically lived in California or a more recent immigrant.

In a time of global climate change and increasing pressure on our ecosystem . . . a little hopeful news is a good thing!


3 Responses to “Wolverine!”

  1. robin andrea 31 March, 2009 at 7:03 am #

    That is such good news. I remember the first sighting last year. I hope they are thriving and making a grand comeback.

  2. PSYL 31 March, 2009 at 10:50 am #

    Wow! What a moment! I got goosebumps when I read this – I always adore the mysteriousness of wolverines.

    Great news indeed.

    • Liza Lee Miller 31 March, 2009 at 6:11 pm #

      Thanks! I think it’s very cool to know they are there!

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