"A Wolverine's (Gulo gulo) 5 minutes of fame of our special guest"!! High altitudes. Lots of trees. Deep snow.
Frozen animal carcasses. No people.
These are a few of wolverine's favorite thinks.
It's not every day that you get to see and photograph a wolverine. In fact, wolverine sightings are extremely rare, even if you live in wolverine habitat. According to Idaho Fish and Game there are 28-52 wolverines population in surveyed area Idaho, (there are only about 300 remaining in the lower 48 states)...
How many of you have seen a wolverine??? The story behind this image:
Last Friday was a day I will never forget in my life. It was the day I experienced the greatest animal encounter of my life. We began the day camped at 10,100 feet, high in the Idaho Pioneer Mountains. We had a goal of checking out several alpine lakes higher in the basin, while exploring an 11,000 feet view, as mountains goats frolicked in the July snow. As we enjoyed the show, David nonchalantly said "there's a wolverine". There 200 yards below, ran the rarest of creatures. And he was coming right for us, Keith exclaimed "let's get closer for the photo"!! So we setup to intercept it as it continued towards. As we hid, it ate up distance towards us, 15 yards of high mountain air was the only thing that separate us. Yellow eyes burned holes through us as claws dug into the snowy terrain. Just as the worry began, he turned and left, leaving us on an alpine high we will never forget.
I will call 15 yards shot of a lifetime, it just happened to be in the right place at the right time to see it and photographed this amazing creature called wolverine. Thanks David, Keith and Josh for one of my amazing backpack trip ever!!
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