Remote cameras have been used since 2014 to keep track of cougars in the park, but this was the first time a wolverine has been caught on a camera, the park wrote on Facebook.
Wolverines, which are carnivores that weigh anywhere between 13 과 31 파운드, have a small population in the Rocky Mountains, 국립 공원 서비스에 따르면. Only seven were found living in eastern Yellowstone and surrounding forests between 2006 과 2009.
Commercial trapping greatly reduced the number of wolverines in the United States by the 1930s, and their homes could be further eroded by climate change.
“Climate-change models predict that by 2050, the spring snowpack needed for wolverine denning and hunting will be limited to portions of the southern Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada range, and greater Yellowstone, of which only the latter currently has a population,” 그만큼 National Park Service explains.
This wolverine was near the Mammoth Hot Springs on a remote trail.