Welcome to the Wolverine
— Hilson Avenue Public School, Ottawa — Grade 6
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.