Wolverines in the
consulting has itís perks. The company I work for was grated a
contract a few years ago to conduct a series of long term wildlife
monitoring in the arctic, of various northern species.
I was fortunate
enough to be one of the guys helping out with the wolverine
monitoring. The wolverine monitoring involves driving a snowmobile
across the tundra and counting wolverine tracks and sign.
I figured that
there could be a great opportunity to get yet another species on my
scouting cam, so I packed it along in hopes that a opportunity would
arise. Near the end of the 1 week survey, my partner and I came
across a wolverine den with lots of activity around it. This was
the first one either of us had ever seen. I ran the idea past my
partner and before long I had my P41/PixController
LE unit, positioned only a few feet from the den opening.
With no trees or
anything to attach the cam to a little creativity was in order. I
used 2 pieces of plywood as stakes, stuck in the snow, and wrapped
my EZ-Webb bungee around it. I was bit worried that the big weasel
would come back to it den and mess with my cam; so, to avoid having
to reach down a wolverine hole to retrieve my cam, I decided to tie
it off to a large boulder. We left it for 2 full days in the
blustery -50 degree Celsius environment and checked it on the
morning of day 3.
The board and cam
performed flawlessly and the set was a huge success! My first, and
possibly only, wolverine trail cam pics!