We worked with Alberta Trappers’ Association (ATA) to identify where wolverines occur in the province and to determine the major factors associated with their distribution. Trapper local ecological knowledge demonstrated that wolverine sign is more likely to be found in trapping areas with less human disturbance. To investigate fine scale habitat use, movement, and denning behaviour in a landscape dominated by wildfires, we deployed radio collars on animals in northcentral Alberta. A total of 10 wolverines were captured and fitted with collars over the course of the study. Two of the collared females had young during the study, providing us with valuable information about where wolverines den. Seven of the eight dens investigated were under a partially lifted root ball created by a leaning or fallen spruce tree. These were found in black spruce stands characterized by hummocky, wet, and mossy terrain subject to windthrow. Although field data collection has ended, we continue to work with the data to learn as much as we can about this data deficient species.
Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., Alberta Trappers’ Association, Animal Damage Control – A Division of Bushman Inc., Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd., Crowsnest Conservation Society, McGill University, Roadrunner Leasing and Sales Ltd., Shell Fueling Change, TD Friends of the Environment, University of Alberta
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