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California's Wily Wolverine Returns

Same individual appears in Sierra Forest one year after discovery

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Last year, a lone wolverine made an appearance in the Sierra Nevada mountains outside Truckee, California, becoming the first sighting of the rare mustelid in the state since the 1920s. Now, just over a year later, he’s reappeared for scientist’s cameras only 15 miles away from his original location.

While researchers were hopeful this might be a different wolverine, which could establish the possibility for a breeding population in California, DNA collected from hair samples found near the camera station indicate that this is the same animal. Still, his relative good health bodes well for potential future reintroduction efforts.

He’s also a bit of a camera whore, but you can’t expect him to yield the spotlight so easily after he already got his taste of fame. And while the California wolverine laid pretty low the last year, I have a distinct feeling we’ll be seeing much more from him this summer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPmbGzQaOCs

—Ted Alvarez

A year later, wolverine spotted in the Sierra (Reno Gazette-Journal)