When a woman said she saw a wolverine on a Washington state beach, a wildlife official didn’t believe her
Elusive creatures live in remote mountain areas and all sightings – much less on a beach – are rare, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Then she showed them a photo. In the May 23 photo, a furry animal with distinctive marks appears to be eating the carcass of a stranded sea animal.
“It’s well off the beaten track for wolverines,” said Lewis. “It is not near the habitats where they are usually found.”
“It’s special and remarkable,” said Lewis of the sighting. “Before, we had to take people for their word. It’s easier to document this now, because everyone has a phone and a camera.”
A wolverine was also seen on May 20, walking on a road in Naselle, a town east of the Long Beach Peninsula, said Lewis. An observer took two photos and submitted them to Lewis for confirmation.
“Given the bizarre nature of these sightings,” said Lewis. “It seems likely that it is the same animal.”
Although the animal appears to be smaller, said Lewis, it is normal for wolverines to come off on their own. The age and sex of the animal are unknown. He added that the miners disperse to find new homes far from their loved ones.
“I worry about this one because it is in a much more densely populated area than where it is used to,” he said. “What worries me most is that it can hit the road or someone can pull it.”
“People don’t have to worry about it,” he said. “Just enjoy watching it pass.”