Bob Inman, director of the Greater Yellowstone Wolverine Program for the Wildlife Conservation Society, helped tag and track roughly 30 animals across the region.
CODY, WYO. -- What breeds every other year, claims 300 square miles of terrain, lives at 9,000 feet elevation in harsh winter conditions, and fends off grizzly bears for scraps of spoiled meat?
The Gulo gulo, or wolverine, of course.
It sounds like the makings of a riddle, but eight years ago, as a team of biologists set out to study the wolverine, they were hard pressed to answer even basic questions surrounding the elusive animal.
With some pushing to list the wolverine as a threatened or endangered species, the lack of data was troubling. Even if the wolverine was listed for protection, no one at the time knew how to conserve the species.
"We needed the basic biological information so, if listed or not, we know what to do and what's important," said Bob Inman, director of the Greater Yellowstone Wolverine Program for the Wildlife