Tooth and Claw: Wolverines

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Adam Hart investigates the largest terrestrial member of the weasel family – the wolverine. They’re far more than just a superhero played by Hugh Jackman! With a reputation for gluttony and ferocity, these solitary killers use snowstorms to hunt much larger prey. Found in the snowy tundra and boreal forests of the Northern Hemisphere, their future looks uncertain – they've come into conflict with Scandinavian farmers by hunting their reindeer and are threatened by climate change in North America and Mongolia. But have we misunderstood wolverines? And can we learn to co-exist with them?

Contributors:

Rebecca Watters is founder and director of the Mongolian Wolverine Project, as well as the executive director of the Wolverine Foundation, a non-profit that’s dedicated to advancing science-based conservation of wolverines.

Jenny Mattisson is a researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, who is involved in the monitoring of wolverines in Scandinavia. She has studied interactions between wolverines and Eurasian lynx, as well as their predation of reindeer.

Presenter: Professor Adam Hart
Producer: Jonathan Blackwell
Editor: Holly Squire
Production Coordinator: Jonathan Harris
Studio Manager: Donald MacDonald

(Photo: Wolverine, Credit: Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
20 Nov 2023 English United Kingdom Science

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