Though it's a member of the weasel family, the wolverine
looks like a small bear with a light stripe on its rump. It
seeks out backcountry and wilderness areas, denning in rock
crevices or in hollow logs. Females with young are particularly
wary of humans and will abandon dens if anyone comes too close.
Though the wolverine used to inhabit territory from Washington
to Maine, the wolverine vanished from the eastern and midwestern
states during the 1800s. Currently, the largest populations
are in Montana, where wolverines live in the Cabinet-Yaak
ecosystem, as well as other northern forests. They are threatened
by the proposed Rock Creek copper and silver mine and continued
heavy logging and roadbuilding.
Federal species of concern, state threatened.