Wolverine (Gulo gulo)
Half the size of a grizzly but anecdotally twice as ferocious, these large weasels have a reputation of being some of the meanest animals in the park. Labelled as bad-tempered, solitary, and aggressive, wolverines have been said to fight off bears, mountain lions, and entire packs of wolves; they are even believed to possess evil magic – but does their reputation precede them?
With a surprising amount of strength and endurance packed into their small muscular frame, wolverines are competent predators, but they aren’t cold-hearted killers. Like other animals in the weasel family, wolverines are intelligent masters of survival, able to live in extreme alpine environments. They are adaptable, curious, and opportunistic, travelling 30-40 miles a day through rugged mountain terrain in search of small game, carrion, and plants to eat.
Written by Shawna Wolf
PC: Mathias Appel on Flickr https://flic.kr/p/2ixjhA5