The X-Men’s Wolverine is a lean, mean, fighting machine with mutant superpowers like uber fast healing and retractable claws. In real life, the wolverine is, well… a lean, mean, fighting machine, minus the mutant part. In fact if these two ever faced off, there’s no telling who would win!

The wolverine (the animal, not the movie star) looks like a mini version of a bear. But it’s actually part of the weasel family, and don’t let its size fool you, this is one fearsome predator!

Did you know… wolverines can travel up to 40 kilometres during their daily hunting activities!

Wolverines might enjoy plants and berries from time to time, but their favourite meal is actually – you guessed it – meat. They can take down smaller prey like rabbits and mice with a swat of their impressive claws. They’re also scavengers and will eat the meat of dead animals (otherwise known as carrion) when food is scarce in winter months. Wolverines have even been known to dig into burrows and eat hibernating animals. Talk about determined!

Wolverines were once heavily hunted for their thick, beautiful fur. Now that they’re protected in many areas, hunting is less common, but still occurs.

Status: Considered Endangered in Eastern Canada and of Special Concern in Western Canada


  • Roads can cut right through wolverine habitat, making it hard for them to move around to find food and mates.
  • When female are in their dens caring for their babies, they’re super sensitive to disturbance, especially by humans. Development and other activities can cause wolverines to abandon their dens and that’s bad news for those babies.
  • Climate change is threatening their northern habitat.


These tough animals might not be big, but they really like their privacy, and they travel amazingly long distances in search of food. That’s why they choose to live in remote boreal forests, and in the northernmost parts of Europe, Asia, and North America.

Take Action!

You may never see one of these solitary animals in your lifetime, but they still play a vital role in the ecosystem. Here are some things you can do to help protect them:
  • Choose the wolverine as your Bring Back the Wild animal and start your campaign today!
  • Learn more about wolverines, how to spot their tracks and what to do if you see them, on this Parks Canada site.
  • Use public transportation as much as possible, turn off the lights at home and take other actions to reduce your dependence on the fossil fuels that contribute to climate change (such as carbon dioxide). The less we depend on fossil fuels, the better off the planet will be. Need proof? Just look at the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. If we weren’t so addicted to oil we wouldn’t need to drill in the middle of the ocean.
Earth Rangers is a non-profit organization that works to inspire and educate children about the environment. At EarthRangers.com kids can play games, discover amazing facts, meet animal ambassadors and fundraise to protect biodiversity.



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