How big is the territory of a wolverine?
I was talking with my uncle about wolverines yesterday... more specifically about how far they can travel, so today's Doodle just kind of fell in my lap.
Wolverines are powerful animals that resemble a small bear, but is actually the largest member of the weasel family. They prefer colder areas because they use snow for dens, and food storage. They live in the Arctic and subarctic, in grasslands, Alpine forests, taiga, boreal forests and tundra of Europe, Asia, and in Northern part of North America.
Wolverines are solitary and nocturnal creatures, and need great swaths of territory to roam. Males mark their territory with their scent and only share their turf with females. Their territories can range from 40 miles (65 km) to more than 372 miles (600 km)! Individual wolverines may travel 15 miles in a day in search of food.
Male will mate with several females. They mate from May to August. After mating, females create dens where the will have and rear their young. These dens are often caves dug in the snow and can be up to 15 feet deep. Females give birth to two or three young at the same time every year, which is usually in the late winter or early spring. Most young are born between February and mid-March.
Baby wolverines are called kits. Kits are born with their eyes closed and are covered in white fur. While the females handle the bulk of the rearing, males will visit from time to time and care for the young.