Wolverine. The terror of the forest dwellers!

Posted on Feb 20, 2021      222

Wolverine is one of the most mysterious animals, interest in which increased, especially after the appearance of a superhero with the same name. In fact, even before the appearance of films and comic books about the namesake predator gathered around him a lot of legends and speculation - all because of his rebellious character. Let’s inspect him.

Wolverine Appearance

Legends about the wolverine have been around since ancient times, and it is not for nothing that the wolverine’s Latin name translates to “insatiable, voracious”. However, the wolverine cannot be described as a predator at first sight, and even as a man-eating animal!

The appearance of this animal is very disposing: it looks either like a long little bear or a big badger. The wolverine belongs to the family of the weasel. Among its representatives, this predator is considered the largest and densest. The weight of an adult wolverine can reach 20-30 kilograms, and the body length can reach a whole meter.

The wolverine’s head is small, with a small, slightly elongated snout and deep set ears. But its trunk is big, strong and well-developed: its paws are stocky and muscular, the tail is fluffy and claws are long, sharp and curved - a real hunting tool! By the way, wolverine paws are designed in such a way that while walking the animal leans on the whole foot, and that is why you can see the distinctive clubfoot.

The wolverine is easy to recognize by its coloring. Most often the wolverine fur is dark-brown, brown or black with a slight russet tint. The distinctive feature of the wolverine is a light “mask” on its muzzle and also exactly the same light stripe extending from the crown to the body, shoulders and tail - as if in a circle.

Behind the small and graceful muzzle wolverine hides a powerful jaw and several incredibly sharp teeth, as befits any predator.

Where does the wolverine live?

Wolverine is a forest animal, so it is found mainly in places with wide forests or evergreen bushes. Most wolverines are found in the taiga and forest tundra of Russia, and in Canada and the northern United States. In Europe, the wolverine can be found in the forests of Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Lithuania, Belarus and Poland.

Behavior and lifestyle of the predator

As mentioned, wolverines choose to live in wooded areas where there are plenty of trees, bushes, and most importantly, food. Wolverines are true predators, as they even hunt animals that are several times their size.

The food of wolverines can be deer, roe deer, mountain sheep and various small animals - hares, squirrels, hedgehogs, mice and birds. In the summer, predators may dilute their menu with eggs, berries, honey, snakes and fish, which they themselves skillfully catch from forest and mountain rivers.

Wolverines are often called scavengers because they like to eat animals that are already dead or severely weakened. This is true, but wolverines get most of their food on their own.

These clever predators never eat large prey at once, though they can (their sharp teeth can chew through even frozen meat). They divide the carcass into several parts: they eat one and hide the other in their hiding larders. The animals arrange them under the snow, in the rocks, underground.

As for hunting, even the king of beasts could envy the endurance of the wolverine. It is not as fast as a lion, but it tracks the prey according to a similar, circular principle: one wolverine runs after the prey, the other waits until it is exhausted.

However, wolverines themselves are not gregarious animals, but solitary. They prefer a nomadic lifestyle and can cross dozens of kilometers every day to find a good feeding place. The predator has no permanent home, so they settle wherever they can: in hollows, under tree roots, in the ground, in crevices between rocks. Something similar to a house or a den is built by wolverines only when waiting for their offspring.

Wolverine is a nocturnal animal. Predators go hunting at dusk and live an active life at night. They don’t like noisy places and due to their cautiousness live far away from people. Their keen hearing allows them to immediately sense danger and move to another place.

There are legends about the wolverine’s character! For example, if you ask northern and taiga peoples about the wolverine’s temperament, they will unanimously answer that this predator is bold and fearless!.

It is interesting that the wolverine, despite its kilograms, is a very agile and dodgy animal. The predator moves actively on the ground, climbs trees skillfully and swims just as well. Another proof of wolverine’s intelligence is its ability to sneak by human and animal tracks unnoticed, so that it can remain unnoticed.

Wolverine cubs are born in numbers of up to four, most often between February and April. When the cubs are two years old, they go into solitary life.

Yes, the wolverine is an animal that Indians considered a symbol of fearlessness, intelligence, cunning, resourcefulness, and cunning for a reason!