Wolverines are federally listed as a species of special concern in Canada
The wolverine (Gulo gulo) is blue listed (vulnerable) in British Columbia. A wide-ranging carnivore and member of the weasel family, the wolverine is compact, powerful, and resembles a small bear with a bushy tail. It is well adapted for a scavenging lifestyle with strong jaws to consume and cache large ungulate carrion, and large feet for ease of travel in snow.
Biodiversity Interactive Map - Wolverine
- Holarctic; northern Europe, northern Asia, and western and northern North America
- Broadly distributed in B.C. except on coastal islands, interior grasslands.
- Throughout the Columbia Basin in mountainous areas
- Riparian, upland and alpine habitats, often associated with ungulate winter ranges
- Avoids high human use areas such as roads and winter recreation sites
- Appears to be associated with persistent spring snow cover areas, likely for denning.
- Breed in summer, delayed implantation
- Gestation is 30-40 days once implanted
- Kits are born in a secure den, usually in March
- Average litter size is 2-3 kits
Listing and Date
Threats to Species
- Human activity (will abandon den sites if disturbed)
- Oil, gas, mineral exploration, urban development, backcountry recreation, road building, etc.
- Subject to trapping and has been over-harvested in some areas.
- Loss of diverse prey base
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For more information on this species, visit The Species at Risk Public Registry and /or The BC Species and Ecosystem Explorer where you should enter "wolverine" in the species Name field.