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This Wily Wolverine Threw Scientists for a Loop
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
We were not expecting a familiar face as we cracked open the wooden box trap we'd carefully set on the remote north slope of Alaska. With feet large enough to act like snowshoes, strong musculature and a honed set of teeth and claws, wolverines can take down an animal as large as a caribou in the middle of winter, but they'll also hunt small rodents, such as ground squirrels, when they're looking for a tasty morsel. Scientists from the WCS Arctic Beringia program are studying wolverines' movements and diets, as well as the creatures' relationship with the spring snow, in which they den and raise their kits. read more
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