Wolverines

wolverine 1Wolverines are fearless and highly aggressive.  They are known to attack without warning or hesitation.  Some people fear wolverines more than bears and moose.  Like the X-Men hero they have named after them, wolverines are extremely aggressive and attack enemies many times their sizes

Wolverines are omnivorous, and eat both plants and meat.  They commonly eat berries, nuts, roots, shoots, fruits, reptiles, birds, eggs,  small mammals, deer, fish, bison, and goats.  They hunt with their missive jaws, which can break bones like a twig.  They also uses their 2″ claws to dig and scratch their food.  Wolverines locate food with their acute senses of smell, hearing, and eyesight.  When food is plentiful, wolverines will gorge themselves.  In fact their name means “glutton” in Latin.  Another trait the wolverines have is to chase off larger predators from a kill.  Although uncommon, it is not unheard of for a wolverine to chase  a wolf pack or bear away from a kill.

Wolverines live in North America, Europe, and Asia.  They live in the pine forests, tundra, and plains there.  They are light enough to walk on top of the snow in winter, and are excellent swimmers.  Wolverines generally weight 50 pounds, stand 2′ tall at the shoulders, and measure 50″ in length.

wolverine 2Wolverines give birth to 2 to 4 kits after a 9 month pregnancy.  They are less than 1 pound at birth.  The kits stay with their mother for 2 or 3 years, where their mother teaches them to hunt, forage, defend themselves, and she protects them from any threats.