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Wolverine (Gulo gulo)

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( This post was last modified: 05-04-2019, 09:20 PM by Shadow )

(05-03-2019, 05:47 PM)Sanju Wrote:
(05-03-2019, 05:31 PM)Shadow Wrote: Real wolverine is much more interesting than myth about some "superanimal" :) It is just like all other animals and very fascinating while trying to survive in harsh environment and competition.

Not only wolverine. Most people see tiger and lion too as "super-animal" and powerful than god which are also like other animals who have to face their daily challenges of survival in unforgiving wilderness.

It is true, that many animals have reputation making them look like something else, than they are in reality. But what comes to wolverines, they often look like to be in that category "over the top". Even some books written to make it look like some little devil able to do whatever it wants and kill bears and who knows what. Maybe it is good, that no elephants living up north, otherwise we would have some story about such case too Grin

Of course it is able to do impressive things, but then again it is very small and it doesn´t live and hunt in packs. It´s nice, that some animal gets attention, but when it is all the time exaggerated it can cause also trouble if people really start to think, that it´s more dangerous than it is in reality. That can lead to many animals to be shot when in sight just like that. Wolverines have bad reputation especially in areas where people own reindeer, so I don´t think, that it should be made any worse by creating stories about some imaginary "badass" able and willing to attack and kill everything around it, while reality is not like that at all.

It is wild animal, doing the best it can to live and do it´s part in nature, not some little maniac killing machine :)
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One interesting article about carnivore competition in Yellowstone, concerning wolverines and other predators there.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2003/05/19/in-yellowstone-its-a-carnivore-competition/5da6d8a1-4ee6-4fad-a555-188650cf0f4a/?utm_term=.35039dfadea3
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I noticed a quite new article about wolverines. That is in Finnish, so impossible to read for most members here and google translator... well it can be tried of course if interest. Anyway a lot of that article is about reindeer and wolverines in Finland, Sweden and Norway and how reindeer owner gets compensation when reindeers are killed by wolverines.

But there are also some descriptions of old myths about wolverines, it was interesting to see how old and what kind. I put here quotes and rough translations :) Swedish historian Olaug Magnus (1490-1550) wrote about wolverine like this:

"Löydettyään ahtaan paikan puiden välissä se puristautuu siihen, jolloin se pian rajusti tyhjenee. Näin hoikennuttuaan se palaa haaskalle ja täyttää taas vatsansa äärimmilleen, puristautuu jälleen samaan rakoon kuin aikaisemmin, palaa uudelleen haaskalle ja niin edelleen, kunnes tämä on kokonaan syöty."

In english: When wolverine finds a tight place between trees, it squeezes itself between those trees and "empties itself" fiercely. After slim again like that it goes back to carcass and eats so, that belly is as full as possible, then squeezes again between trees and goes back to carcass to eat and again and again until carcass is fully eaten.

"ahmannahkaturkkiin pukeutuva voi syödä miten paljon hyvänsä. Mutta sitä, joka nukkuu ahmannahkavällyjen alla, vaivaa hirvittävä nälkä."

In english: person who wears wolverine fur can eat as much as he/she wants. But if someone sleeps under wolverine fur blanket, he/she is distressed all the time by horrible hunger"

So wolverine reputation has long history :)

These descriptions are in this book:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Description_of_the_Northern_Peoples
And this is author:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olaus_Magnus

This is newspaper article I just read and where I found those quotes:
https://www.lapinkansa.fi/lappi/ahmalla-on-ianikuinen-maine-pedoista-pahimpana-mutta-miksi-suomi-maksaa-sen-tappamista-poroista-paljon-kalliimmin-kuin-norja-tai-ruotsi-joissa-ahmoja-on-enemman-15958652/
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This is a "must see". Finnish link, so text is not possible to understand for most once again, but watch that video clip, where lone wolf attacks that wolverine, "wow" :Grin You need to scroll down article until that video is there. It is a loop, starting point is when wolverine rises to hind legs when it notices that wolf at last moment (approached under the wind, so that wolverine could´t smell it). That is quite something to see that attack by that wolf!!! 

https://yle.fi/aihe/artikkeli/2016/11/22/petojen-valtakunta
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Some very nice photos of wolverines, that one were high on tree is quite impressive and others... well beautiful animal:

http://www.suurpedot.fi/petola/galleria/ahma/ahmojen-elamaa.html
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In this link a short video where wolverine is eating head of moose carcass. In a way fun to watch how it rolls there while trying to get a good bite :)

https://www.kaleva.fi/uutiset/kotimaa/lukijan-riistakameravideo-nayttaa-kuinka-ahma-askaroi-hirvenpaan-kimpussa/814187/
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In this video wolverine tries to rip small carcass of wild mink attached to the tree. It gives up quickly, probably the smell made it do that. Minks have glands excreting extremely bad smell and it is there also when dead. Skin of mink is also very tough and difficult to rip.

https://www.kaleva.fi/videot/ahma-lahikuvassa/9696/
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This is a Finnish link again, but I put it here because of that first photo which is there when opening link. It shows size of paws nicely.

https://yle.fi/aihe/artikkeli/2006/05/24/ahma-aarimmaisen-uhanalainen-elain?_escaped_fragment_=&qt-tabs_under_article=1
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