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Wolverine Research

The wolverine is one of the rarest mammals in the continental US, estimated to number between 250-300 animals with most animals found in Idaho and Montana. The species has recently been proposed for listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (see www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolverine/02012013PressRelease.pdf). A summary of information including past or on-going research across the world can be found at www.wolverinefoundation.org.

Below, find a link to the on-going Idaho Wolverine-Winter Recreation Project as well as Rocky Mountain Research Station affiliated publications on wolverine ecology and conservation.

Idaho Wolverine-Winter Recreation Project

Wolverine ecology and conservation publications from the Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems program publication database.

Magoun, A.J., C.D. Long, M.K. Schwartz, K.L. Pilgrim, R.E. Lowell, P.Valkenburg. 2011. Integrating Motion-Detection Cameras and Hair Snags for Wolverine Identification. The Journal of Wildlife Management 75(3):731-739.
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McKelvey, K. S., E.C. Lofroth, J.P. Copeland, K.B. Aubry, and A.J. Magoun. 2011. Comments on Brodie and Post: Climate-driven declines in wolverine populations: causal connection or spurious correlation? Ecological Applications, 12(2), pp. 335–345 DOI 10.1007/s10144-010-0242-5
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McKelvey, K.S., J.P. Copeland, M.K. Schwartz, J.S. Littell, K.B. Aubry, J.R. Squires, S. A. Parks, M.M. Elsner, and G.S. Mauger. 2011. Climate change predicted to shift wolverine distributions, connectivity, and dispersal corridors. Ecological Applications 21:2882-2897.
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Diedrich, C. G., and J. P. Copeland. 2010. Upper Pleistocene Gulo gulo (Linné, 1758) remains from the Srbsko Chlum-Komin Hyena den cave in the Bohemian Karst, Czech Republic, with comparisons to contemporary wolverines. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, 127.
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Copeland, J. P., K.S. McKelvey, K.B. Aubry, A. Landa, J. Persson, R.M. Inman, J. Krebs, E. Lofroth, H. Golden, J.R. Squires, A. Magoun, M.K. Schwartz, J. Wilmot, C.L. Copeland, R.E. Yates, I. Kojola, and R. May. 2010. The bioclimatic envelope of the wolverine (Gulo gulo): do climatic constraints limit its geographic distribution? Can. J. Zool. 88: 233-246.
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Schwartz, M.K., J. P. Copeland, N. J. Anderson, J.R. Squires, R.M. Inman, K.S. Mckelvey, K.L. Pilgrim, L.P. Waits, and S. A. Cushman. 2009. Wolverine gene flow across a narrow climatic niche. Ecology, 90(11):3222-3232.
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Wood, W.F., J.P. Copeland, R.E. Yates, I.K. Horsey, L.R. McGreevy. 2009. Potential semiochemicals in urine from free ranging wolverines (Gulo gulo Pallas, 1780). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 37: 574-578.
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Moriarty, K.M., W.J. Zielinski, A.G. Gonzalez, T.E. Dawson, K.M. Boatner, C.A. Wilson, F.V. Schlexer, K.L. Pilgrim, J.P. Copeland, and M.K. Schwartz. 2009. Wolverine confirmation in California after nearly a century: native or long-distance immigrant? Northwestern Science 83(2):154-162.
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Wood, W.F., J.P. Copeland, R.E. Yates, I.K. Horsey, and L.R. McGreevy. 2009. Potential semiochemicals in urine from free ranging wolverines (Gulo gulo Pallas, 1780). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology DOI: 10.1016/j.bse.2009.09.007.
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Copeland, J. P., J.M.. Peek, C. R. Groves, W. E.. Melquist, K. S. Mckelvey, G. W. McDaniel, C. D. Long, C. E. Harris. 2007. Seasonal Habitat Associations of the Wolverine in Central Idaho. The Journal of Wildlife Management 71:2201-2212.
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Squires, J.R.,J.P. Copeland, T.J. Ulizio, M.K. Schwartz, and L.F. Ruggiero. 2007. Sources and Patterns of Wolverine Mortality in Western Montana. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:2213-2220.
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Aubry KB, McKelvey KS,Copeland JP. 2007. Distribution and Broad-scale Habitat Relations of the Wolverine in the Contiguous United States. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:2147-2158.
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Schwartz MK, Aubry KB, McKelvey KS., Pilgrim KL,Copeland JP, Squires JR, Inman RM, Wisely SM and Ruggiero LF. 2007. Inferring Geographic Isolation of Wolverines in California Using Historical DNA. The Journal of Wildlife Management 71:2170-2179.
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Ruggiero, L. F., K. S. Mckelvey, K. B. Aubry,J. P. Copeland, D. H. Pletscher, M. G. Hornocker. 2007. Wolverine Conservation and Management. The Journal of Wildlife Management 71(7).
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Todd J. Ulizio, John R. Squires, Daniel H. Pletscher, Michael K. Schwartz, James J. Claar, and Leonard F. Ruggiero. 2006. The Efficacy of Obtaining Genetic-Based Identifications from Putative Wolverine Snow Tracks. Wildlife Society Bulletin 34:1326-1334.
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Inman RM, Wigglesworth RR, Inman KH, Schwartz MK, Brock BL, and Rieck JD. 2004. Wolverine makes extensive movements in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Northwest Science 78: 261-266.
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