The Wolverine, (Gulo Gulo)
Also known as the Skunk Bear, Devil Bear, Carcajou, and Glutton.
Wolverine fur is typically a thick, glossy dark brown. A light, silvery facial mask is obvious in some individuals with a pale buff stripe running from the shoulders along the animal's side and crossing the rump just above a long, bushy tail. A white hair patch on the neck and chest is often present in some individuals while not occurring in others. White hair on the toes, feet and forelegs is not uncommon. The Wolverine has 38 very sharp teeth and five slightly retractable and very sharp claws on each paw. Because of the stripes along the wolverine's body it is sometimes called a skunk bear. It is neither a skunk nor a bear but it is a relative of the skunk.
Native Americans called it carcajou, a French corruption of an Native American word meaning Evil Spirit or Mountain Devil. The Wolverine is neither a spirit or devil.
Like skunks, Wolverines have a scent gland which produces a strong musky odor. They use this to mark their territory and not as a defense measure. Their defense is to attack you with their sharp claws and teeth. Typically, Wolverines drive animals away from food by baring teeth, raising hair on their back, sticking up their bushy tail, and making a low growl.
The wolverine is noted for its strength, cunning, fearlessness, and voracity. It may follow traplines to cabins and devour food stocks or carry off portable items; its offensive odour permeates the invaded cabin. The wolverine is a solitary, nocturnal hunter, preying on all manner of game and not hesitating to attack sheep, deer, or small bears. No animal except humans hunts the wolverine. Its fur is valued as trimming for parkas because frost and frozen breath can easily be brushed off the smooth hairs. Solitary during most of the year, the wolverine has a short courtship in February or March. A litter contains one to five young; the female's gestation period is about nine months.
Wolverines are now considered an endangered animal due to the destruction of their habitat and over hunting by fur traders. Ranchers also kill wolverines due to the threat they possess towards livestock.
Wolverines and Native Americans|
Native Americans believed the Wolverine to possess magical powers. Wolverine's were consdiered:
Some intersting Facts about Wolverines
Tears of the Wolverine
by Faizal Mansor
Of a gluttonous beast,
Hated by some,
Though terror and mayhem,
Just a creature,