Monday, 8 March 2010
The Wolverine Gulo gulo is a mustelid, a large relative of polecats and badgers. It is a much maligned animal, a powerful carnivore but mostly a scavenger and of little danger to humans. It is endangered across much of its Arctic range. Unknown but probably reasonable numbers survive in Canada and Russia but in Europe it has declined badly with today small numbers in Finland, Sweden and Norway. It is a mysterious animal that is only usually seen by those who join a tour specifically arranged to search it out. Photo by Kari Kemppainen.