Airdronian Mason Bett captured photos on Friday morning of what appears to be a wolverine having a morning stroll in the city. Bett snapped the photos at approximately 6 a.m. this morning in the Morningside Crescent neighbourhood.
The wolverine, known as Gulo Gulo (Latin for glutton) is quite a mysterious creature and a solitary one. According to provincial data, the wolverine is in fact the largest member of the weasel family and grows up to 125 centimetres in length, with males ranging from 11.3 to 16.2 kilograms and females ranging from 6.6 to 14.8 kg in weight. While they may seem not all that heavy, they are in fact quite fierce scavenger.
"The wolverine can defend its food aggressively against wolves and bears by using its muscular body, razor-sharp teeth and strong jaws, and by covering food with foul-smelling secretions from its anal gland. The wolverine’s dense, chocolate-brown coat usually has two buff stripes that run along the flanks, joining at the base of a large, bushy tail."
Wolverines have historically been found across the province, but their population density is quite low. Nonetheless, the last wolverine sighting in Airdrie was in 2012.
But although the animal is named after (or perhaps for) the famous superhero, trying to approach is unwise and unsafe, as wolverines can be very aggressive. It's best to admire the reclusive and elusive animal from a distance and report observations to the nearest office Fish and Wildlife office.
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