Wel­come to the Wolver­ine

— Hil­son Av­enue Pub­lic School, Ot­tawa — Grade 6

Wild - - DID YOU KNOW... - By Ethan Qiu

Have you ever seen a Wolver­ine? This funny-look­ing an­i­mal looks like a cross be­tween a skunk and a small bear. It has small eyes, round ears and a small round face. Its thick head, neck and shoul­ders are full of mus­cles. Cov­er­ing the mus­cles is a thick layer of brown fur with two yel­low stripes side by side. It also has huge paws with a lot of fur to pre­vent it from sink­ing in the deep snow and sharp claws for dig­ging and climb­ing.

Wolver­ines eat a wide range of food, from berries and plants to small mice and even moose and cari­bou. They are also scav­engers and will eat the re­mains of other an­i­mals. They might even dig into bur­rows and eat the an­i­mals that are hi­ber­nat­ing in there. Wolver­ines will even scare away bears to steal their food. When a Wolver­ine can­not fin­ish all its food, it sprays the food with musk and saves it for later. The musk dis­cour­ages other an­i­mals from eat­ing its food.

Did you ever hear that Wolver­ines are soli­tary an­i­mals and come to­gether only to have their young? That’s true! Wolver­ine fam­i­lies stay to­gether for 30 to 50 days. How­ever, the male Wolver­ine only stays with its mate when mat­ing or car­ing for its kits (ba­bies).

For the most part, wolver­ines are re­ally shy, so you won’t see them too of­ten in the wild. They live in dens made of snow tun­nels, boul­ders and rocks. How­ever, they of­ten wan­der around. Males usu­ally have a home range (where they roam around) of 1,000 square kilo­me­tres, while fe­males have a home range of 100 square kilo­me­tres.

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