A camera array set up in the Tahoe National Forest of the Sierra Nevadas caught something on film that shocked and delighted ecologists and wildlife experts: the first image of a wolverine in that area in more than 30 years.
The HuffPo reports: “Forest Service Ecologist William J. Zielinski reported that the find (which came as a result of work by graduate student Katie Moriarty) was confirmed by wolverine expert Jeff Copeland. Zielinski and his team are now working to find out where this wolverine came from. Wolverines need immense ranges to survive and can cover hundreds of miles in a few days. They need help though: they’ve been exterminated through large parts of their range and it’s unknown how many live in California.”
There have, however, been some confirmed sightings in New Zealand.