Long's work with wolverine scent traps featured on Canadian radio

Posted by Lauren Hertel on Saturday, October 29 2016


Robert Long

Wolverines are extremely shy, but fierce, scavengers with big claws that can dig up frozen carcasses, and jaws that are powerful enough to bite through them. They thrive in winter conditions and build their dens right in the snow. Historically, they've been heavily trapped and so researchers are unsure of their numbers.

For the past several years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been considering whether wolverines should be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Dr. Robert Long is a senior conservation fellow at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington. He and his work/life partner, and an engineer from Microsoft  have developed a high-tech scent lure. It's showing promising signs of wooing these enigmatic animals out in the open where they can be tracked and counted.

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