Wolverines spotted in Alaska’s Denali National Park



Two wolverines were recently spotted hanging out near a culvert in Denali National Park in Alaska, rangers said.

NPS Photos/N. Guarino

Denali National Park in Alaska is teeming with wildlife.

Tourists and park staff are used to seeing massive animals in the national park. Bears, wolves, caribou, moose and countless birds roam the national park.

Last week, however, something rarely seen appeared in the area. The sighting was so rare that even park staff were puzzled.

Two wolverines were recently spotted near a culvert in Denali National Park, rangers said.

“A rare sighting of two wolverines has quickly become the talk of the park this week,” park officials said Saturday, August 20 on Facebook. “As these animals are so rarely seen, some park staff had to brush up on their wolverine knowledge!”

According to the National Park Service, wolverines can measure between 38 and 47 inches long and weigh between 13 and 31 pounds.

They are “active year-round” and breed from April through October, according to the National Park Service. During the winter months, they “rock in the deep snow”.

Wolverines can be powerful and aggressive, the National Park Service reported. They have strong teeth and eat anything they can find.

They are considered a threatened or endangered species in the continental United States. In Alaska, however, their population is stable.

This story was originally published August 22, 2022 10:16 a.m.

Maddie Capron is a real-time McClatchy reporter specializing in the outdoors and wildlife in the western United States. She graduated from Ohio University and previously worked at CNN, the Idaho Statesman and the Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism.


Comments are closed.