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Utah wolverine sighting first documented in 35 years

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - State wildlife officials have captured images of a wolverine on the northern slope of the Uinta Mountains this year, the first documented sighting of the animal in Utah since a wolverine carcass was found in 1979.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Wednesday that more than two dozen images from trail cameras show the animal sniffing an empty bait station in February. The cameras were not retrieved until June.

Biologist plan to compare the images with those taken of another wolverine in April by trail cameras stationed in Wyoming.

The elusive, snow-loving carnivores roam territories as large as 350 square miles.

Fewer than 300 wolverines are believed to occupy the lower 48 states, with larger numbers in Alaska and Canada.

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James July 03 2014 at 3:53 AM

Some goon will probably shoot it.

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jeanofli James July 03 2014 at 1:56 PM

Exactly what I thought, James.

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kristnoplis James July 03 2014 at 7:24 PM

Better than getting mauled by it.

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ga7smi July 02 2014 at 10:51 PM

really cool animals

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madcap.1 July 03 2014 at 10:25 AM

some where out there are hunters loading their guns and salivating to see who can kill it first

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jai.hye madcap.1 July 03 2014 at 11:56 AM

You are correct and it is most disgusting....they will kill the poor thing just for the "sport" of it...pathetic humans.

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nsharonluk madcap.1 July 03 2014 at 2:57 PM

Unfortunately, I agree with you 100%.

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teeveequeen July 03 2014 at 12:02 AM

Is that you Hugh Jackman???

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JLS July 03 2014 at 4:48 AM

That's NO WOLVERINE hahaha. That's a bear. Wolverines have longer snouts that aren't blunt at the end. That's a BEAR LMAO I think Utah and all those Mormons need to get some glasses.

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Mike July 03 2014 at 8:05 AM

I hope they don't cross mate with the Mormons.

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weilunion July 03 2014 at 9:31 AM

I thought the only predators in Utah were mormons

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debnaert July 03 2014 at 3:41 PM

One of the MOST vicious animals on the earth.... Serious killers.

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laurarvail1 July 03 2014 at 6:07 PM


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salmo60 July 03 2014 at 10:51 AM

Somewhere Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin are loading up their rifles and goin' wolverine huntin'. Yee ha!

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