Clark of the Chiwaukums

December 31st, 2013 in High Camp Happenings

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My good friend Jim is a volunteer with Conservation Northwest. Every once in a while I get a call asking if he can jump onto our early morning pick up and get a ride 4 miles up the road.  From here he disappears into the Chiwaukum Mountains in search of the elusive wolverine. He has been successful!  He has camera and DNA evidence of 2 wolverines. One of these is named Peg, after Peg Stark the founder of High Camp.  The newest wolverine will be named Clark. There are other volunteers that will be helping Jim, David and Debbie from our High Camp Community will be checking cameras later this year. It is all very exciting! Continue reading for more information on this incredible animal.

Wolverine

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 “If wolverines have a strategy it’s this: Go hard, and high and steep and never back down. Not even from the biggest grizzly and least of all from the mountain. Climb everything…. Eat everybody. Alive, dead, long dead, moose, mouse, fox, frog, it’s still warm heart or frozen bones. ~ Doug Chadwick, The Wolverine Way

Wilderness-loving carnivores, wolverines are powerful and relatively few. Washington’s Cascades are one of the last places in the lower 48 where wolverines are known to exist.These seldom-seen carnivores favor remote, rugged, snowy landscapes like those of Washington’s Cascades. Wolverines are the largest terrestrial members of the weasel family, mustelids.

Wolverines are fierce hunters and long distance hunters, covering great distances in their search for carrion, including ungulates killed by winter and other food. Shy of humans, their wide-ranging travel also makes it difficult for biologists to study them. Our citizen run remote cameras have captured remarkable recent photos of wolverines.

Like mountain caribou, wolverines are survivors of an ice-age environment. They are threatened not only by habitat loss but by climate change, trapping, and highways and other development.

Chris