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Biologists capture pictures of wolverines in the Wallowa Mountains

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ENTERPRISE, Ore.--  New information about the wolverine tracks in the Wallowa Mountains: Biologists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife say they've now captured pictures of the animal.

The photos were taken from 14 baited field cameras in the Eagle Cap Wilderness area.  Biologists say they show two different wolverines. You can tell they're 2 separate animals because of markings on their stomachs and because one has white toes & the other doesn't. 

Earlier this month, tracks in the Wallowa Mountains were confirmed as the first ever evidence of a wolverine in the county.  Vic Coggins, Wildlife Biologist for the Wallowa District of the ODFW says, "We were pretty excited about getting the pictures.  I mean, we considered the tracks confirmed, but the pictures just add to that. There's no doubt now."

Coggins says wolverines are typically scared of humans and don't pose an immediate threat.  He also ways the animals are a threatened species in Oregon.

Biologists will continue monitoring the field cameras to see if there is a breeding population in the Wallowa Mountains or if it's just a few passing through.

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