Species Identification Confidence:
I'm absolutely certain
Individual(s) Observed (seen)
I saw a large wolverine from our backpacking camp across one corner of Fishpole Lake at an approx. distance of 100 feet (per topographic map). As I sat on the shore with my morning coffee, it came down a hillside to drink and soon headed back up into the trees. It faced me at first, and I was surprised at the broad shoulders and stout frame, reminding me of a bulldog. It was mostly seal-gray with thick creamy yellow bands that split at the neck and joined near the wide rump. Entire sighting lasted for about a minute with no chance to dig out my camera. The torso was at least 2 feet long. Since the long tail probably doesn't weigh much, I estimate the weight at 40 lbs again based on similarity to a bulldog. Because females weigh 20-25 lbs, it apparently was a male. I was thrilled to finally see one after 38 years of backpacking.
Decimal Degrees: 43.6,-113.8
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Game Management Unit:
August 5, 2015, 7:30 am MDT
Far too big to be a pine martin. Larger and longer than a badger without a badger's low aspect and flat head. Many slides of wolverines shown at IF&G presentation, which lent credence to my preliminary identification.
Animal Observation Report (Sightings)