Trail camera footage of a wolverine stalking some bait in Tahoe National Forest offers a glimpse of the possibly the only known animal in California.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife posted video of perhaps the state’s only known indigenous wolverine.
First recorded in February 2016, this second sighting brings back memories of the 2008 sighting that caused similar excitement. Wildlife biologist Chris Stermer said, “I’m probably 95 percent certain it’s the same animal”
A good glimpse at the animal was taken on video by a “camera trap”, better known as a trail camera.
Stermer also said that it is unlikely that there are other wolverines in California citing the lack of evidence of a female and kits.
The idea that these animals could be looking for suitable habitat in the state, while intriguing, may not be conclusive yet. Wolverines generally inhabit high alpine areas with a heavy snow pack which are disappearing due to continued climate change.
Even thought the USFWS has declined to list wolverines as endangered the agency is revisiting the issue and may yet list these amazing animals for protection.