Sniffing for carion

Sniffing for carion
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I've seen two wolverines. One in central Idaho, and one in Glacier National Park. Beasts of rough beauty!

Submitted by Jeremy Buls (12/09/2009)

I'd love to see a wolverine! Nice footage.

Submitted by Anonymous (06/16/2009)

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Siyeh Pass Trail
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Highline Trail
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Going-to-the-Sun Road
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Many Glacier - Many Bears
(5.2 miles / 8.4 km)
Glacier Park Boat Company
(5.6 miles / 9.1 km)
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Sacred Places for First Nations
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Wolverine Foundation

Jeff Copeland

U.S. Forest Service

One Hundred Days in Glacier National Park

Glacier Park Magazine

Kate Kendall

U.S. Geological Survey

Chris Peterson

Glacier Park Magazine

80 13th St. East
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
Wolverines in Glacier National Park
LAT: 48.7193
LON: -113.6929
Elevation: 7560 FT (2304 M)

The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park may be the best place in the world to spot a wolverine, says Jeff Copeland, a renowned expert on this elusive member of the weasel family. "They thrive here because there’s great sub-alpine habitat and so many prey species, such as mountain goats, marmots, and squirrels.”

Wolverines follow their nose, and one inquisitive animal followed his into our Wildlife Remote Video Series.

Click on the video, below left, to watch a wolverine find no food reward for his effort in a scent-baited hair trap set for bears in Glacier National Park by US Geological Survey biologists. This wolverine left no hair evidence of his visit, but a remote-sensing camera tells the story.

The wolverine may not be beautiful, but it is a thing of beauty, says photographer Chris Peterson, publisher of Glacier Park Magazine. Peterson's Summer 2009 issue tells of watching this wolverine dig for a frozen mountain goat, buried in an avalanche. (See photos below left.)

Peterson's dogged perseverance is rewarded by a constant supply of gorgeous wildlife photos. You will be rewarded, too, if you go to his web site Go to
Annual subscriptions are a steal at $20.

Full Explanation

Wildlife Remote is a video series provided by using remote video footage captured by the U.S. Geological Survey as part of a massive grizzly bear census. In addition to fascinating footage of grizzly bears, the remote-sensor cameras captured images of wolverine, wolves, red fox, deer, and pine marten, among other critters.

The video footage of Glacier wildlife in 2005-2007 was taken unbeknownst to the animals. USGS had set up remote cameras in strategic locations suspected to be key wildlife movement zones.

Kate's ambitious and successful project developed a DNA-based census of grizzly bears on the Montana side of the Crown of the Continent. Her team captured genetic samples using bait-scented, barbed-wire snag traps and traditional bear rub trees, which sometimes are used by successive generations of bears.

The remote cameras are used by researchers in a few locations to verify whether all bear visitors actually leave a hair sample and to photographically document the behavior of grizzlies and wildlife near hair-capture sites.

An excellent multi-year wolverine study has been undertaken by biologists Jeff Copeland and Rick Yates, with steady support from Dan Savage, Marci Johnson, Kate Wilmot, Rebecca Hadwin. Buck Hasson, Doug Chadwick, and other volunteers. Their study of 23 wolverines has produced more information about this rare animal than perhaps any ever conducted.

News and Background Links

From the wolverine's perspective, the age of climate change does not bode well in the Crown of the Continent. Females den and raise their kits in the tunnels of alpine snowfields. Less snow and more rain strip them of critical winter shelter. Read more at

Missoulian reporter Michael Jamison wrote about wolverines in August 2009