Wolverine


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.

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Biodiversity Interactive Map - Wolverine

Range

  • 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

Habitat

  • 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.

Reproduction

  • 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

Listing Date
B.C. List Blue
COSEWIC SC May 2003
SARA Not listed

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.

 

SPECIES

Amphibians
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Birds
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Western Screech Owl
Yellow Warbler
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Fish
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Flora
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Mammals
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Elk
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Northern Myotis
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Silver-Haired Myotis
Townsend's Big-eared Bat
White-tailed Deer
Wolverine
Yellow-pine Chipmunk

Reptiles
Western Painted Turtle
Western Yellow-bellied Racer
Western Skink

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