Those cute litte buggers up there are wolverine cubs.
– Scientific Classification –
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Carnivora
- Family: Mustelidae
- Genus: Gulo
- Species: G. gulo
This solitary creature is the largest member of the weasel family. They are omnivores that feed on plants berries as well as live prey and carrion.
Wolverines have a circumpolar distribution in the northern hemisphere, and are found from the western United States, Canada, and Alaska to Siberia, Russia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.
Though they are listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, they are threatened by habitat loss and subsequently, loss of prey and the carrion left by other predators. Forcibly coming into contact with humans in their hunt for food has also affected their numbers.