Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Discover the Mysteries of Wolverines in The Wolverine Way

February 24, 2012, 10:17 am

Wolverines are creatures with many misconceptions. Get inside their heads with The Wolverine Way by Douglas H. Chadwick and printed by Patagonia Books. See the wolverine as you never have before and uncover what is threatening these notoriously tenacious animals. They are more than just a namesake for an X-Men character.

Chadwick wanted to be a biologist his whole life and, after making his dream come true, he set out in search of one of the most obscure creatures in the animal world: the wolverine. To get a first hand experience and absorb as much knowledge as possible, Chadwick set out on the journey of a lifetime. Check out this amazing video about the book here.

Chadwick embarked as a volunteer on the five-year long Glacier Wolverine Project in Glacier National Park. Seeking to learn more about these mysterious creatures, Chadwick found disturbing details about their loss of habitat. Chadwick’s eloquent descriptions transport the reader to the snow-covered Grinnell Valley, just one of the many locations where scientists use radars to track down the elusive animals.

The author brings the perfect combination of humor and irreverent thoughts to prevent a textbook feeling. Chronicling the journey of following the wolverine’s trail, the book becomes a page-turner difficult to put down. The wolverines themselves become characters with their own names and developed personalities.

Through photos and field diaries, readers understand the challenges that being a wolverine tracker entails: trekking miles to search for a “suspected” den, setting traps in the snow and tranquilizing specimens for scientific analysis. The real, raw lives of the wolverines are a gripping piece of non-fiction.

Wolverines populate mountains, brushlands and open plains. They are usually found in northern areas, such as the arctic and alpine regions of Alaska and Northern Canada. However, some still reside in the Rockies of the United States. Chadwick’s task was no easy project.

Native legend says that the Wolverine was the fourth grizzly bear cub, the runt that went off to live on his own. Known for their bear-like appearance, adults reach lengths of 25-34 inches. The wolverine has no natural predators and Chadwick’s book follows their habits.

Gulo gulo, the wolverine’s scientific name, comes to life through the trappings, measurements, releases and studies Chadwick experienced. He also asserts a valuable lesson about the shrinking of the Glaciers in the park and global warming’s sinister role in destroying the Wolverine Way. With just 300 left in the lower 48, learn why these creatures are important to protect. 

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