SNAPPED: Wolverine spotted on west slope of Tetons

JACKSON, Wyo. — A rare sight of a wolverine has been captured on the west slope of the Tetons by BrushBuck guides Daniel Bradford, Clint Parkhill, and Adam Lackner.

Although some relate wolverines to dogs or small bears, they are the largest, most vicious, members of the weasel family. Less than 300 are said to exist in the United States; mainly in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. The dwindling wolverine population is said to be attributed to large numbers hunted from fur trappers in the early 20th century, and more recently, less snowpack caused by climate change.

These images come from motion sensor cameras that were set up in late November and checked on April 15 due to limited access to these areas in the winter. The wolverine first showed in December of 2019 making a special appearance on Christmas Day (as seen in the video above).

The guides think there may have been another wolverine lingering around as well. The latest sighting was on March 19th.

Photos and video courtesy of BrushBuck guides Daniel Bradford, Clint Parkhill, and Adam Lackner.

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