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Exciting news for wildlife enthusiasts! For the first time in over 30 years, a wolverine has been spotted outside its usual range in Oregon. The elusive animal was sighted by two anglers fishing on the Columbia River near Portland, who took photos and submitted them to wildlife Conservation group Cascadia Wild and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The groups were able to verify that the animal in the photos was indeed a wolverine.
Wolverines are rare and resemble small bears with bushy tails. They are listed as threatened in Oregon, making this sighting even more significant. The animal is typically found in the Wallowa Mountains in the northeastern part of the state, so its appearance near Portland was a surprise.
The department and Cascadia Wild have installed noninvasive monitoring stations in the area to try and capture more evidence of this elusive creature. However, they believe that the wolverine was likely just passing through the area and may have already traveled 30 miles away.
Despite the unlikely chance of another sighting, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is calling on the public to report any further sightings of the wolverine. Wildlife enthusiasts are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled and share any information or images with the department. “Some of the best information on wildlife can come from regular people who are paying attention to what they see,” said Teri Lysak, wolverine tracking coordinator with Cascadia Wild.
Wolverines are found in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, with the US Fish and Wildlife Service listing the animal’s status as “proposed threatened.” This sighting serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting and preserving our wildlife and their habitats.
As a community, we have the responsibility to take care of our planet and its inhabitants. We must be mindful of our actions and the impact they have on the environment. Small changes such as reducing plastic usage, conserving energy, and supporting Conservation efforts can make a big difference in preserving our wildlife and their habitats.
In conclusion, the recent sighting of a wolverine outside its usual range in Oregon is exciting news for wildlife enthusiasts. While the animal may have already moved on, it serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting and preserving our wildlife and their habitats. Let’s do our part in supporting Conservation efforts and ensuring the continued existence of these incredible creatures. Remember to report any wildlife sightings and continue to appreciate the wonders of our natural world.
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