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Doorbell Camera Captures Wolverine Passing Through Davis County Neighborhood

Jul 1, 2021, 2:32 PM | Updated: Jul 2, 2021, 6:18 am

LAYTON, Utah — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources confirmed a wolverine was spotted in Davis County on Thursday, marking just the sixth confirmed wolverine sighting in Utah since the 1970s.

A doorbell camera captured the animal passing through a west Layton neighborhood while officials said two people walking on a nearby trail also spotted the wolverine.

“If you see the wolverine, please keep your distance, enjoy viewing it, and call us at 801-476-2740 immediately,” the DWR said. “We’d like to place a GPS collar on the animal and then release it in a high-elevation area. Tracking its movements will teach us more about wolverines in Utah.”

A wolverine was sighted on Antelope Island on May 4, marking just the fifth confirmed wolverine sighting in Utah and first since June 2016.

“They have really big kind of home ranges of like 350 square miles, so they’re on the move a lot, they don’t stay in one area very long. And we feel like, with this wolverine, it was just kind of passing through the area,” said DWR spokesperson Faith Heaton Jolley.

Wolverines are not listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act but they are protected under Utah law.

The DWR receives several reports of wolverine sightings in the state each year, but the animals are so elusive that it is unclear exactly how many are currently in Utah and whether there is an established population.

Most sightings come from the High Uintas and the DWR has placed cameras in potential habitat areas to try to monitor wolverines in the state.

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Doorbell Camera Captures Wolverine Passing Through Davis County Neighborhood