A Wolverine Was Spotted In California For Only The 2nd Time Ever

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Well this is definitely not something you see everyday.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported that a wolverine was spotted on multiple occasions wandering around the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains back in May.

And the wildest part?

This is only the second confirmed wolverine spotting in the state since the 1920s, as the CDFW classified the creatures as the threatened back in 1971.

The most recent sightings occurred in Inyo National Forest, and a third time at Yosemite National Park, as the two parks border each other in the eastern part of the state.

The CDFW believes that this was the exact same wolverine in all three sightings, as they are known for being able to travel for long periods of time and long distances.

The other separate wolverine sighting in California occurred back in 2008 in Tahoe National Forest near Truckee. The specific wolverine had been reportedly spotted several times  up through 2018.

However, wolverines typically don’t live past 12 to 13 years, making the CDFW believe that this is a new wolverine that’s been spotted recently.

For those who aren’t too familiar with the creature, wolverines stem from the Mustelidae family, and are known as muscular carnivores that are much stronger than they appear, dispute their smaller stature.

They’re known to kill prey much larger than themselves, which can include moose, Dall sheep, or caribou given the right circumstances.

Check one out in action against two much larger wolves:


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