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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX, Leica 36-432mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-29 5:01
Viewed: 5869
Points: 16
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Hello I took this picture of this wolverine at the St-Felicien zoo. Rare are the people who have seen this animal in the wild.

Any comments?

Thank you,



Although the wolverine Gulo gulo belongs to the weasel family, Mustelidae, it is not long and lean like a weasel, but short and thick, like a small bear. Its head is broad and round, with small eyes and short rounded ears. Its legs are short and sturdy, with five toes on each foot. Its long, curved claws are semi-retractile, which means they can be partly drawn back in, and they are used for climbing and digging. Its teeth are strong, and its head, neck, and shoulder muscles are well developed. These adaptations allow the wolverine to feed on frozen flesh and bone, and they provide a clue as to how wolverines survive.

An adult wolverine is about the size of a medium-sized dog. Adult males weigh about 12 to 18 kg, adult females about 8 to 12 kg. Wolverines that live in the north of their range are usually larger than those living farther south.

Habitat and habits

Within its range, the wolverine occupies many different kinds of habitats. Wolverines generally prefer remote areas, far away from humans and their developments. However, the specific characteristics of the wilderness that the wolverine depends upon are not yet known. Labrador and Quebec, for example, have not been recolonized by wolverines, despite the abundance of caribou and undisturbed habitat. This lack of knowledge about wolverine habitat makes it difficult for wildlife managers to manage the species and protect its habitat.

The wolverine is known by a variety of descriptive names, including skunk-bear, because it marks its food and various landmarks with urine and musk, a fluid secreted from its anal glands, and glutton, because of its voracious appetite.

The wolverine has been described as the fiercest creature on earth and a fearless aggressive fighter that will drive bears away from their kills. It is, in fact, the wolverine’s reliance on scavenging in order to survive that has given rise to exaggerations about its gluttony and ferocity.

Unique characteristics

Few people, even those who spend a lot of time outdoors, have seen wolverines in the wild. This contributes to the animals’ mysterious reputation and explains why they are probably the most misunderstood and one of the least known of Canada’s wild animals.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-07-29 5:38]
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Hi Michel

Nice to see one from you again. You say. "Rare are the people who have seen this animal in the wild", but images of wolverines are just as rare here on the site. I found only 7 images in the entire TrekNature gallery. I don't know what this specimen were looking at, but it sure seems as if it would like to have it for lunch.

A well captured shot showing good details and lovely natural colours. Your notes are informative and I enjoyed learning a little more about this reclusive and fierce little animal.

Well done and TFS.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-29 7:24]

Salut Michel
Bon portrait de ce mamifere.Comme tu le mentionnes il est extremement rare.L'image est bien en focus avec un excellent détail du pelage.
Merci Michel

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-29 9:03]

Hi Michel.
There are many wolverine in Russia. However I have never seen it even in zoo. Excellent shot of the nice animal. I like cropping and diagonal composition. Reproduction of its hair as well as other details is stunning. Great sharpness and colours. I also like combination of the well detailed main subject and nice a bit blurred BG. Well done and TFS. My kind regards.

Hello Michel,
Very good capture and details got on this Volverine.
It's excellent the pose and composition got along the diagonal and the grass end.
I like the way the fur was rendered and its appearance.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hello Michel,
at first sight I was thinking of a bear, and wondering about the rareness of people seeing it in the wild in Canada.
But then I noticed you are presenting a really mysterious, unique and rare giant weasel I never have seen but probably heard of from Scandinavian forests and tundras.
Looking so gentle in your picture, it is a real contrast to read about its fierce behaviour.
Simply well presented, soulful picture document with interesting notes. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-04 12:28]

Bonjour Michel, rare et bien photographié! Excellent capture, il semble être dans la nuture. Bien vu et bien fait!


Hi Micheal,
An excellent capture of a wolverine in all around. Great shoot. TFS.
Greetings from TRN Cyprus,


Hello Michel,
It's well done. Very sharp in terms depth of field and sharpening.
No critique. However, I do find the framing a tad personal...
Nothing to worry about though:-)

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