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Since I could never afford a trip to Alaska, I enjoy hearing your stories. Not about women(we got them here) not about liquor(we got it here)and not about my ex-wife(you got her there, the grizzly)
I was always curious about the wolverine and whether it lives in Alaska and any other stories you may wish to share...

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Yes, they have wolverines here. A guy I work with has one on his wall. He was on a moose hunt and it was rummaging through camp. They're known to scavenge, which can be a problem around hunt camps. Some people call them "skunk bears" for their penchant for urinating on things so other animals won't eat what they want to save for later.

The poor guy catches grief from every chechako that walks in -- they all want to know why he mounted the bear cub. Brick Wall,)

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Make a nice rug to hang on the wall.

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Wolverines are by far the hardest animal I ever tried to trap- only got one in Fai area where i trapped 75-85 but it was a challange- he kept raiding my sets and stealing game or bait- would travel line and do it no matter how many ex traps I set around my cubby- so finally i cut a med birch tree across the trail- and hung a small snare in middle of trail in tree-then I pissed on near side of stump towards the small snare and set a large snare on far side of stump- next time i came to check I had him- he had come down trail- seen small snare- smelled me and went around tree----man he tore up the place--almost cut through wire but was dead-- I had him tanned and kept his hide to remember him- other wolverines i've bought at auction went for Ruffs on wife's beaver parka and my mushing parka.

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Saw wolverines fight a brown bear...

My buddy and I went looking for black bears in Turnagain Pass (70 miles south of Anchorage) in late june; we didn't see any black bears but saw a phenomenal fight between two wolverines and a brown bear-wolverines won.

At first we couldn't tell if it was two cubs playing, but they weren't friendly and we realized they were actually fighting; a boar fighting a cub; or a sow trying to run off its cubs. It was just a mess of fur and they were rolling hundreds of feet before they got up and re-convened and we got a better look. When they broke up we saw the tail on one of the wolverines and we realized it was two wolverines fighting a brown bear. Fight ended when both wolverines rolled the bear down the hill and the brown bear split-couldn't tell if it was a young sow or boar, but it wasn't big. I assumed that maybe the wolverines were a mating pair as one was more aggressive and slightly larger than the other and they are suppose to be solitary animals.

Never did see a black bear, saw one fox though. No picts, only had a $4 disposable camera!

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They sure do

My friend and I went sheep hunting Aug,06 in the Wrangle Mountains. My friend had a great chance to harvest a dall ram. It fell into this ravine that we couldn't get to from where he shot. So we had to hike down this mountain , walk over to this ravine and then hike up to where it fell. Sounds easy? No ! Much more work than one can imagine. But all the excitement and his first ram it was worth it. We took our pictures and field dressed it, put it in our packs and started back down the drainage. This all took about six hours from the time of shot, to this point. We only had his rifle at this time for pictures and protection from the hairy kind. I left mine at spike camp where we are headed. We have had a down draft all morning so we where already nervous about the smells ( lots of brown fuzzy signs in the area) About half way down I look up and see a badger! lol That's what first come to mind, I'm originally from Idaho were I have seen badgers. My freind said no that's a wolverine. The wolverine was coming toward us nose in air and snarling. We made loud noises to get it's attention and all it did was start snarling louder and running towards us. We are in a ravine and no where to run. Friend says get the gun out of your pack. I say I will, you try to stop him. He's got him stopped and he's sizing us up. I get the gun out give to friend. The wolverine is running at us again and is only 25 yards away now. Friend shots close to scare. It stops for a few seconds then huffs and starts walking away. I throw a rock at it to keep it going and hit it. it turns ands starts to come back and changes it's mind. Whew!!!! It would have made americas most funny videos, whatching to old men panicking from a little old wolverine that was really hungry lol Sorry kinda long. We still laugh about it all the time

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Welcome to the site!! I lived outside of Fai from 74- 98 and still miss it --Will be back again in march for the Tired iron Classic and haven't missed a year of fishing in SE in about 28 yrs.

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wolverines

They are a cool animal and while getting 1 in a trap isn't to hard holding them is another matter. Here's my wife skinning a dandy. Oops already skunt!

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Wolverine/Brown Bear fight

I posted this on here when I joined in September, but couldn't find it:

This past summer my buddy and I went looking for black bear in Turnagain Pass; didn't see any black bear but say a phenomenal fight between two wolverines and a brown bear-wolverines won. At first we couldn't tell if it was two cubs playing, but they weren't friendly and we realized they were actually fighting; a boar fighting a cub; or a sow trying to run off its cubs. It was just a mess of fur and they were rolling hundreds of yards before they got up and re-convened and we got a better look. When they broke up we saw the tail on one of the wolverines and we realized it was two wolverines fighting a brown bear. Fight ended when both wolverines rolled the bear down the hill and it split-couldn't tell if it was a young sow or boar, but it wasn't big.

Never did see a black bear, saw one fox though.

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wolverines

like the guy with the pic said they arent that hard to trap,just hold,i use conibears at cubbies and side set snares for lynx that come in but wont commit and circle around.a real good set,keep the bait fresh though..i have heard what the one guy said about them being trap wise,but that is almost always caused by them getting out of a trap.why i use conibears.
i have found that the "rookie" ones are as easy to trap as marten.heck about everything here is easy to catch,in a hard winter especially using fresh bait.
its the numbers game that can be hard,it can be tough to keep sustainable numbers of animals to trap year after year,you really have to know your area and be in it year round, to do this,and of course have no one else trapping close by,which can be tough.

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Got home from Fai last night-- we did great in Tired iron Classic snomachine rally/ races--looks like lance mackey snookered Jeff agasin--we'll see later today. weather was weird-- warm for march--5 people fell through river ice on Sat.

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