Interesting Wolverine Facts

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The wolverine, also called the glutton, is the largest terrestrial species of the mustelid family. It is a muscular predator and a solitary animal. Wolverine is renowned for his ferocity and strength beyond his size. It is capable of killing prey many times its size.

Wolverine is found mainly in the taiga, in the forest-tundra and partly in the tundra of Eurasia and North America. Wolverines are common in such countries: Canada, China, Estonia, Finland, Mongolia, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden, United States of America.

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One of the US states, Michigan, is nicknamed "The Wolverine State" (The Wolverine State).

The wolverine population has been steadily declining since the 19th century due to trapping and habitat reduction. Currently, wolverines are virtually absent from the southern part of their range in both Europe and North America.

There are 2 subspecies of wolverine: North American and Eurasian.

Interesting Wolverine Facts

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Interesting Wolverine Facts

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Outwardly, the wolverine resembles a bear or a badger: her body is squat and awkward. The legs are short, the hind legs are longer than the front ones, because of which the back of the wolverine is arched upwards.

An adult wolverine is about the size of an average dog, with a body length of 65 to 113 cm. Males weigh from 11 to 27,5 kg, and females from 7 to 19 kg. Males are often 10–15% larger than females in linear measurements and can be 30–40% larger in weight. According to some sources, Eurasian wolverines are larger and heavier than North American wolverines, with an average weight of over 20 kg.

The feet are disproportionately large – 10 cm wide and 9 cm long, which allows the wolverine to easily move through deep, loose snow. Claws are large, hooked. Wolverine is a plantigrade animal, that is, when moving, it puts its paw on the entire foot, which is the reason for its characteristic clubfoot when moving.

The teeth are powerful, have sharp edges. The fur of the wolverine is thick, long and coarse, brown or brown-black in color with a yellow or golden stripe running from the top of the head and down the shoulders and back.

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The thick, oily wolverine fur is highly hydrophobic, making it resistant to frost. This has led to its traditional popularity among hunters and fishers as a lining for jackets and parkas in arctic conditions.

Interesting Wolverine Facts

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The wolverine spends most of its life alone, actively defending the boundaries of its territory from individuals of its own sex. For habitation, it may build a rough bed of grass or leaves in a cave or in a gorge between rocks, or in a burrow built by other animals or under fallen trees.

As a rule, the wolverine goes out to feed at dusk. She climbs trees as easily as she moves on the ground. Possesses sharp eyesight, hearing and intuition. Makes sounds similar to fox yapping.

Unlike most mustelids, leading a sedentary lifestyle, the wolverine constantly roams in search of prey in its hunting area, the total area of ​​​​which can reach 2000 km².

The wolverine is not picky: it often eats the remains of the prey of wolves and bears, catches white grouse, black grouse, hazel grouse, mouse-like rodents. Less often it hunts large ungulates: it can attack deer, roe deer, musk deer, elk, mountain sheep. In this case, usually young calves, injured, weakened or sick animals become its victims. The prey is pursued by running: the wolverine does not run fast, but is very hardy and takes its prey to starvation.

In summer, the wolverine eats bird eggs, wasp larvae, berries and honey. Fishing. It hunts birds, grabbing them on the ground when they sleep or sit on nests.

Due to the fact that the wolverine feeds on both live prey and carrion, its feeding style seems voracious, which has led to the nickname "glutton". However, this style of feeding is believed to be an adaptation to food shortages, especially in winter and early spring (during this period, carrion makes up the majority of the wolverine's diet).

Interesting Wolverine Facts

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Armed with powerful jaws, sharp claws, and thick hides, wolverines are remarkably strong for their size. They may defend themselves against larger or more numerous predators such as wolves or bears, and may also drive bears and cougars away from their prey.

Wolverine is able to kill prey 5 times larger than itself, however, on condition of a sufficiently deep snow cover, where large animals get stuck.

Wolverine can also attack a person, but only if cornered.

The enemies of wolverines are primarily wolves, cougars, as well as black and brown bears. They are able to kill a wolverine, especially a young and inexperienced one. Nevertheless, the wolverine is a rather fearless and dangerous animal, so even a bear, when meeting with a wolverine, tries to bypass it.

The lifespan of a wolverine in captivity is 15 to 17 years. In the wild, the average lifespan is 8 to 10 years.

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