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Press Release 11-024

Wolverines Threatened by Climate Change, Earlier Springs

Need snowpack that lasts through winter and well into spring

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Photo of a wolverine walking across snow covered ground.

How much longer will wolverines roam in northern snows? Climate change holds the key.

Credit: istockphoto.com


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Photo of a wolverine burrow in the snow.

Female wolverines need deep snows that last well into spring, in which to raise young.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Ernst Vikne


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Photo of a wolverine on a rocky surface.

Wolverines may cross a snowless landscape, if global warming continues unabated.

Credit: U.S. National Park Service


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