Yellowstone National Park caught a rare animal on camera for the first time since biologists installed cameras at the park in 2014.
In a statement on Facebook, the park shared that they caught evidence of an elusive creature on camera. Initially, park cameras were set up to track Yellowstone’s cougar population, but for the first time in about seven years, biologists captured a wolverine the film.
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Wolverines are mid-sized predators in the weasel family, which mainly hunt rabbits and rodents. Wolverines are also opportunistic animals and will feed on larger animals, especially if their prey appears injured or weak.
Yellowstone National Park shared the incredible find on their Facebook and explained the significance of the video. They wrote:
“Wolverines (Gulo gulo), mid-sized carnivores in the weasel family that typically occupy high-elevation alpine and forest habitats, exist in low densities in the park and are rarely detected. Park biologists have used remote cameras to monitor the cougar population since 2014, but this technology has since become increasingly valuable for detecting and monitoring a variety of species and aspects of Yellowstone’s ecology. This is the first video footage of a wolverine since remote cameras have been deployed in the park.”
See the full post and camera footage below.
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