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The Wolverine


This, one of the most ferocious as well as detestable of American

animals, is principally found in British America and the upper

portion of the United States. It has won a world wide reputation

for its fierceness and voracity, and on this account is popularly

known as the Glutton. It is not confined to America, but is also

found in Siberia and Northern Europe.

The general appearance o
this animal, ugly in disposition as in

appearance, is truthfully given in our illustration. It is not

unlike a small bear in looks, and was formerly classed among that


The general color of the wolverine is dark brown. The muzzle, as

far back as the eye-brows, is black, and the immense paws partake

of the same hue. The claws of the animal are

long and almost white, forming a singular contrast to the jetty fur

of the feet. So large are the feet of this animal, and so powerful

the claws, that a mere look at them will tell the story of their

death dealing qualities, a single stroke from one of them often

being sufficient for a mortal wound. Although the wolverine is

not as large as the bear, its foot prints in the snow are often

mistaken for those of that creature, being nearly of the same size.

The glutton feeds largely on the smaller quadrupeds, and is a most

determined foe to the beaver during the summer months; the ice-hardened

walls of their houses serving as a perfect protection against his

attacks in the winter time.

To the trapper of the north the wolverine is a most detested enemy,

following the rounds of the traps and either detaching the baits

or tearing away the dead animals which have fallen a prey to them.

The trapper's entire circuit will be thus followed in a single

night, and where the veritable glutton does not care to devour

its victim it will satisfy its ferocious instinct by scratching

it in pieces, leaving the mutilated remains to tell the story of

its nocturnal visit.

The wolverine is a dangerous foe to many animals larger than itself,

and by the professional hunter it is looked upon as an ugly and

dangerous customer.

There are several methods of trapping this horrid creature, and

in many localities successful trapping of other animals will be

impossible without first ridding the neighborhood of the wolverines.

Dead-falls of large size will be found to work successfully, baiting

with the body of some small animal, such as a rat or squirrel.

A piece of cat, beaver or muskrat flesh is also excellent, and

by slightly scenting with castoreum success will be made sure.

Several of these traps may be set at intervals, and a trail made

by dragging a piece of smoked beaver meat between them. The gun

trap, as described on page 20, will also do good service in

exterminating this useless and troublesome animal.

Steel traps of size No. 3 or 4 are commonly used to good purpose.

They may be arranged in any of the various methods already described,

the plan of the enclosure, page 143, being particularly desirable. In

all cases the trap should be covered with leaves, moss or the like,

and the bait slightly scented with castoreum. Like all voracious

animals, the perpetual greed of the wolverine completely overbalances

its caution, and thus renders its capture an easy task.

The home of the animal is generally in a crevice or cave between

rocks, and its young, two or three in number, are brought forth

in May.

In removing the skin, it may be ripped up the belly, or taken off

whole, as described for the fox.