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November 09, 2010

Sit Down with Wolverines this Sunday on 'Nature'

Today I wanted to post some follow-up to a blog I shared here in July, about the mighty wolverine and the threats the animal faces from disturbance, habitat fragmentation and climate change. I’ve just learned that PBS’s popular Nature series will profile the species this Sunday, Nov. 14, in a program titled “Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom.”

Wolverine
Creative Commons/Leo Reynolds

For all of their fierce wildness and amazing survival skills, wolverines are highly vulnerable and they are at risk of vanishing in the contiguous states. Thanks to the Glacier Wolverine Project, however—an ambitious five-year study supported financially by our Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust—we’ve learned more about this rare, elusive animal’s life, their distribution and population dynamics, and possible solutions to help the species. Researchers from the project will be among those profiled on Nature, including Doug Chadwick, an advisor to the Wildlife Land Trust whose book, “The Wolverine Way,” tracks the species’ struggle through the years (read my earlier review).

Anyone interested in wildlife protection should be sure to tune in Sunday to learn more about this fascinating species; why they, like so many other animals, are in jeopardy today; and what we can do to improve the odds for their survival (see your local listings).

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