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The Diet and Feeding Habits of the Wolverine



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The wolverine, Gulo gulo, is the world's largest land-dwelling species of the weasel family. Wolverines are stocky and powerful and the adults are about the size of an ordinary dog. They typically inhabit the cold northern lands of Alaska, Canada, Siberia, and Scandinavia. Their furs are much prized by hunters as it is frost resistant and doesn't retain much water. The species is also known as a Glutton, and when examining its feeding behavior it is easy to see why.

Wolverines are classified as a carnivorous species but they have also been known to occasionally supplement this diet with a healthy side salad. They are a particularly vicious species and will even hunt down prey as big as a moose. Especially when these poor unfortunates are weakened or trapped in some way, such as in snow. They will feed on both prey and carrion, and have the dental machinery both to rip flesh away and to crush bones, allowing them to extract the bone marrow.

The powerful jaws and physique and fearlessness of the wolverine are put to use not only for hunting down other animals but also to defend their kills and carrion from other predators and to try to take kills and carrion from other predators. There is even a report of a wolverine being brave enough to try to steal a black bear's dinner. This proved to be an act of bravery too far, however, as the bear crushed the wolverine's skull.

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