The wolverine is the largest member of the weasel family, weighing up to thirty pounds. With its dark, shaggy hair and short bushy tail, the wolverine looks something like a small bear. It lives in northern forests.
It has a skunk-like scent for defense and is sometimes called a “skunk bear.”
For its size, the wolverine is unequaled in appetite and craftiness, and is the trapper’s worst enemy.
During the winter, the wolverine follows the trapper’s footsteps and skillfully steals the bait from the traps set for more valuable animals, or eats the animals caught in the trap.
The wolverine not only robs the trapper of his bait and catch, but may even sneak into the trapper’s cabin, eat his food and steal anything in sight, including rifles, axes, dishes, even blankets, all of which it carries away and buries.
It repays his “host” by leaving the cabin uninhabitable by its foul smell.
Because they have been hunted ruthlessly, wolverines have become rare in North America and are seldom seen enough of Canada today. – Dick Rogers