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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Are Wolverines reclaiming California once again?......Wildlife Biologists with the State Fish & Game Division confiirmed that the picture snapped by a hiiker last month in the Sierra Mountains was indeed a Wolverine...........This is the 2nd confirmed "Gulo Gulo"(Wolverine) seen in Callifornia since 2008--the first one seen in the Tahoe Ntl. Forest

Wolverine Sighting in California

The California native was on a hike when halfway through his four-day trip, he noticed an animal run across a lake mostly covered with snow and ice.Messa described the animal as being "like a bull in a China shop," and explained that it fell through the snow two or three times while he snapped photos.
"He just probably feared nothing," said Messa of the animal, speaking to the Sacramento news channel. "He was kind of galloping; actually fell through the snow two or three times, turned around and came back, and came across in front of me. I was actually able to get a photo."

David Messa' snapshot of the Wolverine he saw in the Sierra Mtns

Wildlife biologists with Fish and Game and the Department of Forestry have confirmed that the photos of the animal are of a wolverine, said Messa.

The last time a wolverine was spotted in California was in 2008 when the motion sensor camera in the Tahoe National Forest caught images.

Wolverines are extremely rare and resemble small bears. They are the largest in the Mustelidae (weasels) family and are known to be able to kill prey many times the size of its own.
They animals are found mostly in the remote reaches of the Northern boreal forests and subarctic and alpine tundra of the Northern Hemisphere, among locations in Alaska, Nordic countries in Europe, western Russia, and Siberia.

Solitary animals, the wolverine spotted in California last month was alone.
In California recently, another rare sighting occurred when a lone gray wolf was photographed in Lassen County. The male animal is believed to still be in the area.

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