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: