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NHMLA Member Magazine

October November 2017
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Gulo gulo (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wolverine diorama in the North American Mammal Hall


 Peyto Peak, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Background artist:

 Robert C. Clark

Wolverines move with a loping gallop but can climb trees with great speed and are excellent swimmers. They have great endurance, sometimes moving 6-10 miles without rest, and up to 30 miles a day, although their speed may not exceed 10 miles per hour.

Wolverines were formerly an important source of pelts. Their fur was especially valued in the Arctic as lining for the hoods of parkas because of its frost resistant properties.

Biological Information

Range map for the wolverine


Northern North America; formerly as far south as Colorado, Indiana and Pennsylvania


Boreal forests, mountains, open plains and brushlands


Nearly eliminated in United States and from most of southeastern and south-central Canada


Anything from small eggs to full-sized deer

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for wolverine.