"Picture a weasel – and most of us can do that, for we have met that little demon of destruction, that small atom of insensate courage, that symbol of slaughter, sleeplessness, and tireless, incredible activity – picture that scrap of demoniac fury, multiply that mite some fifty times, and you have the likeness of a Wolverine." -Ernest Thompson Seton, 1906
Perhaps the most fabled and misunderstood of the world's mustelids, the wolverine is the only suviving member of its genus. During Ice Age times, there were several species of wolverine – opportunitstic carnivores who thrived on the icy steppes and tundra of the period. They were unable to adapt to climatic changes, however, and all of them, except the so-called Schlosser wolverine, died out.
Wolverines are reputed for their great strength, appetite, and fearless nature. While it is true they are strong for their size– a 27-pound male was seen by researchers pulling down a 300-pound bull caribou– and feirce when threatened, woverines are more likely to flee from danger than fight when they can, and do not normally pursue such large prey. Their large appetite is mainly a product of the scarcity of food in the northern climates they inhabit.
The wolverine occurs Young wolverines.
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