The wolverine is also referred to as what?
A: Glutton, carcajou, skunk bear, or quickhatch.
The wolverine is the largest land-dwelling species of what
A: Mustelidae (weasels).
It is a stocky and muscular carnivore, resembling a small
The wolverine is a solitary animal, and has a reputation
A: Ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size.
Wolverines have the documented ability to do what?
A: Kill prey many times larger than itself.
Wolverines can be found in northern Canada, the U.S. state
of Alaska, the Nordic countries of
Europe, and throughout western Russia and
Their populations have experienced a steady decline since
the 19th century because of what?
A: Trapping, range reduction and habitat fragmentation.
Anatomically, the wolverine is a what?
A: Stocky and muscular animal, with short legs, broad and rounded head, small
eyes and short rounded ears.
How big is an adult wolverine?
A: The adult wolverine is about the size of a medium
dog, with a length usually
ranging from 26 to 42 inches, a tail of 6 to 10 inches and weighing about 20–55
How much larger are the males than the females?
A: As much as 30% larger and can be twice the females' weight.
Shoulder height is reported to be what?
A: From 12 to 18 inches.
What kind of fur does a wolverines have?
A: Thick, dark, oily fur which is highly hydrophobic, making it resistant to
This has led to its traditional popularity among
and trappers as a what?
A: A lining in jackets and parkas for Arctic conditions.
Some individuals display prominent white hair patches on
A: Throats or chests.
Wolverines have potent anal scent glands used for what?
A: Marking territory and sexual signaling.
The pungent odor has given rise to what nicknames?
A: "skunk bear" and "nasty cat."
Wolverines have a special "what" in the back of the mouth?
A: Upper molar.
This special molar lets wolverines do what?
A: Tear off meat from prey or carrion that has been frozen solid.
The wolverine is a powerful and versatile what?
A: Predator and scavenger.
Their prey mainly consists of what?
A: Small to medium-sized mammals.
Wolverines however, have been recorded killing prey such as
A: Adult deer that are many times larger than itself.
Wolverines often pursue live prey that are relatively easy
to obtain, including what?
A: Animals caught in traps, newborn mammals, and deer when they are weakened by
winter or immobilized by heavy
Their diets are sometimes supplemented by what?
birds, roots, seeds,
insect larvae, and berries.
A majority of the wolverine's sustenance is derived from
When do wolverines depend almost exclusively on carrion?
A: In winter and early spring.
Successful males will form lifetime relationships with
A: Two or three females.
The male will visit the female occasionally, while other
males are what?
A: Left without a mate.
When is mating season?
A: In the summer.
Females will often not produce young if what?
A: Food is scarce.
What is the gestation period for a wolverine?
A: 30–50 days.
How many to a litter?
A: Typically two or three young ("kits").
Kits develop rapidly, reaching adult size within the first
What is a typical lifespan?
A: Anywhere from five to 13 years.
Radio tracking suggests a wolverine can range how far?
A: Hundreds of miles in a few months.
Female wolverines burrow into snow in February to create a
A: A den, which is used until weaning in mid-May.
Around how many wolverines are held in zoos across North
America and Europe?
A: About a hundred.
They have been successfully bred in captivity, but only
A: Difficulty and high infant mortality.
Many cities, teams, and organizations use the wolverine as
A: A mascot.
Michigan is, by tradition, known as what?
A: "the Wolverine State".
University of Michigan takes the what as its mascot?
The wolverine figures prominently in the
mythology of what
people of eastern Québec and Labrador?
A: The Innu. In at least one Innu myth, it is the creator of the world.
Wolverine is the name of a popular fictional character
appearing in what?
A: X-Men books published by Marvel Comics.