Wolverines (maybe)

A picture from Doug MacCartney and Steve Moore’s party shows a relatively close-up image of the alleged wolverines crossing an upper snowfield. Some researchers suspected the animals could be bears. A trapper and researcher also disagree whether it’s possible to clearly see bushy tails — halmarks of wolverine anatomy — in the photos.

Steve Moore knows what he saw.

“It seems totally bizarre to me and, of course, if people choose not to believe it, it doesn’t matter to me,” he said.

Grizzly bears

Wolverine biologist Mike Sawaya said this photo shows grizzly bears in the same area where Steve Moore and Doug MacCartney say they saw roughly a dozen wolverines. The photo is from 2021, and the lobe of snow in the upper left goes to the same upper snowfield shown in MacCartney’s photos. Sawaya said his friends who took the photo saw the grizzlies exhibiting similar behavior to the alleged wolverines.

Where have wolverines been detected in Wyoming?

Trail camera footage of a wolverine was caught near a Wyoming Game and Fish Department trap last winter. In surveys, Game and Fish has repeatedly detected wolverines near the area where MacCartney and his friends say they saw the wolverines. Zack Walker, non-game supervisor for Game and Fish, said the sighting is plausible, but he’d need more proof to confirm what the animals were.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Environmental Reporter

Billy Arnold has been covering the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the people who manage it since January 2022. He previously spent two years covering Teton County government, and a year editing Scene. Tips welcomed.

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