Wolverines are scarce across their circumpolar range. Locally, populations are classified from secure to endangered or even extirpated. Globally, they are listed as vulnerable.

Although they resemble small bears, wolverines actually belong to the weasel family. These solitary animals primarily live in the remote reaches of northern boreal forests, in the sub-Arctic tundra of northern Canada, on the alpine and Arctic tundras of Alaska and the Northern Hemisphere, in the Nordic countries of Europe, and throughout western Russia and Siberia.

Wolverines need to be on the move: Some travel 15 miles per day in search of food. This means that wildlife corridors are important for their survival; a commodity that is becoming more and more scarce. They also depend on snowpack—another wolverine necessity that is rapidly dwindling.

Watch this video from The Wolverine Foundation on these powerful, secretive animals. Just like us, it seems, they need to know that there are still large tracts of wild places “out there”; that there is still room to roam.

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,

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