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    Wolverine Walkabout = Wolverine Wanderlust
    By Tina Wynecoop
    The prime habitat in Spokane County for the elusive wolverine is the old growth forest atop Mt. Spokane. Imagine Little Spokane Valley residents, Mike and Jen Childress' surprise when they spotted a wolverine last Thanksgiving near Perry Road and Little Spokane Drive! Jen Childress describes this remarkable sighting, which she prefaces with "while we are pretty sure the animal had to have been a wolverine, that was not our immediate assumption – we just knew it was something out of the ordinary. We definitely knew right away what it wasn't, but we only determined what it had to be after looking in the guidebooks and on YouTube." Here is her report to the Wolverine Foundation which tracks wolverine sightings:

    "Yesterday as we drove out to the folks' for the Thanksgiving holiday, it was daylight and both my husband and I got a pretty good look at this odd creature. My husband spotted it and thought at first it was a wild cat because it leaped from a tree at some wild turkeys on the ground. We were so surprised, we quickly pulled over to get a better look. The sound of our car startled the creature, which then ran up a small rise into the forest. As it ran up the hill we got a fairly good look at it in the sunlight. I thought at first it might have been a fox because of its tail, but it was too dark and heavy for a fox and it didn't run like a dog. It seemed (in comparison to the turkeys) to be about as big as a badger, but taller; chocolate brown with golden undercoat and more gold on its head; small ears, big brushy dark brown tail and loped in a strange way. We waited quietly in the car for about 5-10 minutes to see if it would sneak back (for the turkeys which were still nearby), but it didn't.



    As wolverines are extremely rare (to my understanding) I thought perhaps it could have been a pine marten (which I've never seen either, but have heard they are around here), but when I looked at videos on YouTube and photos & guidebook descriptions, a marten is too small and much more weasel-like than this animal was. By a process of elimination, it seems the only animal that comes close to what we both saw is a wolverine and the description of its appearance and behavior actually seemed dead-on. So odd since the area is rural, but well-populated--not really "wilderness" anymore. There are lots of varied wildlife big and small in the area, but if this was truly a wolverine, it would be a very rare sighting, wouldn't it? We thought it quite strange and amazing! After looking up videos on wolverines, and feeling more convinced, we went back to the spot today to look for tracks, but the ground was too grassy and needle-covered. I didn't poke around too much because I was trespassing on people's private property and there seemed no one home from whom to ask to ask permission. Although we have no proof in photos or tracks, we thought we should at least mention the possible sighting in case it is important, you are interested in following up, or maybe perhaps you've even had other reports from this area."

    Later Jen and I (Tina) revisited the property and found the owners at home. They were intrigued by the account of the possible sighting and gave us permission to explore further for any evidence of the mysterious animal. We found scat and fur samples and a wild animal's 'latrine' at the base of a tree situated alongside a little spring-fed stream.



    Nearby were the remains of a wild turkey carcass. We gathered what we could find for DNA testing (if anyone were to ask for it) and took photos. Well, the Childress' sighting and report certainly piqued the interest of scientists, naturalists, biologists, and writers! The Wolverine Foundation's biologist responded to her emailed description with these comments:

    "It would be a bit odd to find a wolverine in a heavily populated area, but it has happened before, particularly if the area is fairly close to what we might consider wolverine habitat. We know that wolverines are present in
    the Selkirks of northern Idaho and I've always wondered about the Colville country to the north of you. Young wolverines reach maturity in their second year and can sometimes get the wanderlust, which can take them into very unusual places. They are not particularly wary of humans and will sometimes simply follow their noses into places that are not often the best places for them to be. So, I certainly could not discount the possibility that what you saw was a wolverine. If it was, hopefully he (she) made their way back into the mountains where they belong. If it was, I wouldn't be surprised to get more reports of sightings, so if I do, I will let you know."

    www.WolverineFoundation.org

    Author Jack Nisbet came out to the site a few weeks later. He knew of a radio collared wolverine which had migrated from Glacier National Park to Calispel Lake near Usk, Washington, in the 1980s. He was inspired to write his March 2015 North Columbia Monthly essay, titled "A Shadow in the Sunlight" about the Little Spokane River sighting: "“Many biologists consider the wolverine the least studied and least understood large mammal on our
    continent." Jack wrote. Wildlife biologists, Steve Zender of Chewelah, and Howard Ferguson of WDFW, Spokane region told him, "that over the years they received occasional calls from local residents about wolverine
    sightings, but had no way of confirming their truth. Neither was shocked to hear of the Thanksgiving Day report, and pointed out the way functional wildlife corridors stretch from Mount Spokane and the Little Spokane drainage east clear to Glacier Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. That is where the most extensive scientific observations, done on viable wolverine populations over the past few decades, have revealed complex behaviors and life histories. Collared wolverine males have been shown to defend astonishingly large territories (up to a quarter of a million acres), and walkabouts by juveniles can stretch for hundreds of miles."

    Our local library has an informative book about this elusive mammal: The Wolverine Way by Douglas Chadwick. The author writes: "If an air of obsolescence seems to hover around these creatures today, it isn't due to shortcomings on their part. They got through the Ice Ages and the post-Pleistocene period alike in vigorous shape. Granted, their chances of making it through the Industrial Exhaust Age in good shape don't appear to be nearly as high. But then neither do ours."

    Canadian writer Eileen Delehanty Pearkes also featured the Thanksgiving Day sighting in her January 2015 North Columbia Monthly essay and titled it, "The Art of Noticing." Things have quieted down. Perhaps the young wolverine is back in wilder territory and he/she has found a mate. Wanderlust has many trails. Practice "the art of noticing" dear readers, for the Little Spokane River Valley is still rich in untold mysteries and wonders.



    News
    2018-11-01 "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Please, Won't You...
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2018-11-01 Back to School
    by Kirk Neumann
    2018-10-30 Spokane County Little Spokane Drive Sewer Extension Project
    by Michael Kennedy
    2018-10-28 Fairwood Farmer’s Market
    by Merry Maccini
    2018-10-27 Holiday Shopping at Amazon Smile
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    2018-10-27 Mark Your Calendar -- 2019 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    Friday, February 22, 2019
    2018-10-27 Membership Update 2018
    2018-10-15 In Memoriam -- Merle Moberly, MD
    2018-05-21 Annual FLRSV Meeting
    2018-05-20 Membership
    2018-05-19 Water Quality
    by Lindell Haggin
    2018-05-19 What’s Happening on the Middle of The Little Spokane River?
    by Daniel Collins
    2018-05-19 2018 Fairwood District Farmers Market
    2018-05-19 Valley Cleanup 2018
    by Michael Kennedy
    2018-01-28 What We Accomplished Together in 2017
    We are honored that you support the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley. Your donations, membership, sweat equity and enthusiasm have brought us a long way over the last two decades.
    2018-01-27 Membership
    2018-01-27 School Bond Vote
    2018-01-27 In Memoriam - Harold Balazs
    2018-01-27 New Board Position
    2018-01-27 Valley Cleanup 2018
    by Michael Kennedy
    2018-01-27 School Time
    2018-01-27 Walking to School is a Smart Choice
    Spokesman-Review article. September 1, 2017 Reprinted by permission.
    2018-01-27 Seeing Red Over Dog Poop? Oregon Town Paints it Orange
    Spokesman-Review article. October 13, 2015 Reprinted by permission. Originally published July 28, 2011 The Bellingham Herald
    2018-01-27 Local, Family-Owned Landmarks: Pounder’s and Pattison’s
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2017-10-25 2018 Annual Meeting
    Friday, February 23, 2018
    2017-10-24 Mark Case
    New Board Member
    2017-10-24 A River Captured: The Columbia River Treaty and Catastrophic Change by Eileen Pearkes
    Reviewed by Jack Nisbet
    2017-10-24 Living Water: Salmon's Presence
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2017-10-24 Earth Day Clean-Up of Our Valley 2017
    by Michael Kennedy
    2017-10-24 Thanks Be to the Decorator!
    2017-10-24 October Board Meeting
    by Harla Jean Biever
    2017-10-23 Sign Up for Amazon Smile
    2017-10-23 Colbert Road Trail
    by Mark Case
    2017-10-23 In Memoriam - Daniel Eugene Forsyth
    2017-04-15 Annual Meeting 2017
    2017-04-15 Valley Cleanup 2017
    2017-04-15 Land Along the Little Spokane River
    Report from Fairwood Community Leaders
    2017-04-15 Membership
    2017-04-15 Threads of Red
    Tina Wynecoop
    2017-04-15 New Bench
    Kirk Neuman
    2017-04-15 FRIENDS OF THE LITTLE SPOKANE RIVER VALLEY IS CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS WITH A LOOK BACK AT OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
    2017-04-15 Registration for Tour and Field Trip
    2017-01-30 2017 ANNUAL MEETING AND DINNER/AUCTION
    Friday, February 24, 2017 -- Wandermere Golf Club
    2017-01-29 FRIENDS OF THE LITTLE SPOKANE RIVER VALLEY IS CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS WITH A LOOK BACK AT OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    2017-01-29 ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN-UP: A CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY
    Saturday, April 22, 2017
    2016-10-24 Valley Cleanup Report - 2016
    by Michael Kennedy
    2016-10-24 Membership
    2016-10-24 Conservation Future Nomination
    Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
    2016-10-16 Annual Meeting - 2016
    2016-04-11 Valley Cleanup 2016
    by Michael Kennedy
    2015-10-24 List of resources re: Salmon/Upper Columbia River Basin:
    2015-07-08 Warning to Pet Owners
    By Erin Kennedy, DVM
    2015-07-08 2015 Fairwood District Farmers Market
    Hosted by Allen Family Properties
    2015-07-08 Valley Cleanup
    By Michael Kennedy
    2015-07-07 2015 Annual Meeting
    2015-07-07 Proposed New Housing Development
    By Jennifer Mudge
    2015-07-00 Pine River Park Neighborhood Entrance Will Be Getting a New Look
    2014-11-30 Rehab Cleanup Signs -- Volunteers Needed
    By Michael Kennedy
    2014-11-30 Jack Nisbet Saltese Uplands Field Trip Coming May 2, 2015
    Mark Your Calendar!
    2014-11-30 Wildlife Highway
    By Jack and Ro Bury
    2014-11-30 Pioneer of Our Valley
    By Dana Davis Kelly
    2014-11-30 Where a Wind Blew . . .
    By Harla Jean Biever New Hope Resource Center Board Member
    2014-11-30 Membership Renewal
    2014-06-19 Drama on the Little Spokane
    By Lindell Haggin
    2014-06-19 Remembering
    2014-06-19 Board Member Michael Kennedy
    2014-06-19 What Was In Grandpa’s Trunk
    By Harla Jean Heiser Biever
    2014-06-19 Annual Meeting
    2014-06-19 Valley Cleanup 2014
    By Michael Kennedy
    2013-12-31 2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    Saturday, February 22, 2014
    2013-12-30 Serving Our Communities
    by Harla Jean Biever, President
    Board New Hope Resource Center
    2013-12-30 Augy Augustine
    In Memoriam
    2013-12-30 Our New bridge
    by Martha Schaefer
    2013-12-30 Is Your Last Rose Of Summer Going To The Deer?
    2013-12-30 Looking Back
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2013-12-30 Trails To The Library(s)
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2013-12-30 Valley Cleanup 2013
    by Michael Kennedy
    2013-12-30 Apex Industries make Herons for New Bridge
    2013-12-30 Mark Your Calendar - Jack Nisbet Walking Tour
    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    2013-12-30 Membership
    2013-04-27 Annual Spring Cleanup
    Saturday, April 27th -- 9:30 am
    2013-04-25 In Memoriam
    2013-04-25 Annual Meeting
    by Martha Schaefer, Vice President
    2013-04-25 Thank You 2013 Donors For Auction Items!
    We Did Great!
    2013-04-25 PET Project Spreads Mobility
    by Cindy Hval
    Article Courtesy of Spokesman-Review
    2013-04-25 Mac Presents -- David Douglas Historic Tours -- With Jack Nisbet
    2013-04-25 Come See The Butterflies!
    2013-04-25 Memorial Bricks
    by Harla J. Biever
    2013-04-25 Work Day At Camp Dart-Lo
    2013-04-25 Postmarks
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-11-16 A Look Back at FLSRV History
    by Martha Schafer, Board Vice-President
    2012-11-16 Mark Your Calendar For Our 2013 Annual Meeting
    2012-11-16 We're Adopting!
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-11-16 Bravo for the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-11-16 FLSRV Board-Authorized Letter Regarding The New Bridge
    by Lance Pounder, President
    2012-11-16 Little Spokane River Bridge No. 3602 Replacement Project Update for Fall of 2012
    2012-11-16 Cottonwood Trees in North Spokane County
    by W.G. Magnuson
    2012-11-16 Delay Pruning To Help Wildlife Now
    by Michael Kennedy
    2012-11-16 Spokane Fish Hatchery
    by Kirk Newmann
    2012-07-27 Second Annual Hike With Jack Nisbet
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-07-26 Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    2012-07-26 Pine River Park Update
    by Lance Pounder
    2012-07-26 Oldest Barn in Spokane County?
    by W.G. Magnuson, Jr.
    2012-07-26 Spring is for the Birds (and Birders)!
    by Lindell Haggin
    2012-07-25 Roundabouts
    by Jack Bury
    2012-06-26 Valley Cleanup
    by Michael Kennedy
    2012-06-26 2012 Annual Meeting
    by Tina Wynecoop, Auction Chairman
    2012-06-26 Thank You! FLSRV 2012 Auction Donors
    2012-06-26 A Little History
    by Harla Jean Biever
    2012-06-26 Water Quality
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2012-05-25 Walking Tour May 12, 2012
    Roberta Ellis, FLSRV Member
    2012-04-03 State Needs Volunteers to Score Recreation, Conservation Grant Applications
    2012-04-03 THANK YOU! DONORS TO 2012 FLSRV SILENT AUCTION
    2012-03-05 WTA Work Parties 2012
    2011-12-28 2012 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-12-27 Little Spokane Bridge is Being Replaced
    by Marla Schaeffer
    2011-12-27 Walking Tour Review
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-12-26 Keeping Pine River Park Open
    by Lance Pounder
    2011-12-26 86,400 Seconds
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-12-26 Valley Cleanup
    by Michael Kennedy
    2011-12-26 Better Dead Than Alive?
    Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    2011-02-16 The Way It Was: History Along Our Organization’s Namesake
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-02-16 The Smell of Home
    by Carole Mack From: Diggings.org
    2011-02-07 2011 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    Saturday, March 5, 2011
    2011-02-07 What is Conservation Futures
    by Martha Schaefer
    2011-02-07 FLSRV Nominates Scholz Property for Conservation Futures Purchase
    Letter sent to Spokane Conservation Futures from Lance Pounder, on behalf of FLSRV
    2011-02-07 A River Flows Through It
    by Bart Haggin
    2011-02-07 Pine River Park Help Keep it Open
    by Lance Pounder
    2011-02-07 County Bridge Upgrades
    by Harla Jean Biever
    2011-02-07 Spring Cleanup Date Announced
    Saturday, April 16 Starting at 9:00am.
    2011-02-07 Little Spokane Artists Plan Studio Tour
    by Hulda Bridgeman
    2011-01-11 Team from 3 Counties Presents Gardening Workshop
    Saturday, January 29th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    2010-09-22 3rd Annual Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    by Hulda Bridgeman
    2010-06-22 Keeping Pine River Park Open
    by Lance Pounder
    2010-06-22 New Board Members Elected
    by Kirk Neumann
    2010-06-22 Annual Meeting Held
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2010-06-22 Pine River County Park
    by Doug Chase
    2010-06-22 General Service Modifications for 2010 Park Season
    by Doug Chase
    2010-06-22 Mt. Spokane, The Little Spokane River, Rock Cairn Vision Quest Sites and a Poem
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2010-06-22 Membership
    by Harla Jean Biever
    2009-09-21 Cleanup Day Report
    by Lance Pounder
    2009-09-21 An Amazing CBC (Christmas Bird Count) Adventure Story
    by Jeanne Dammarell
    2009-09-21 2nd Annual Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    by Hulda Bridgeman
    2009-09-21 2009 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2009-02-13 US Highway 2 to the Wandermere Vicinity North Spokane Corridor: Wall Architectural Treatment
    Trails
    2018-11-03 Changes May Be Coming to WDFW Waikiki Springs Property
    by Landon Eaton Crecelius
    2018-10-28 How to Be a Hero Along The Middle of The Little Spokane
    by Rob Allen, Fairwood Farmers Market Director
    2018-05-19 Proposed Little Spokane Drive Trail from Midway to Colbert Rd
    by Mark Case, Trails Chairman
    2018-01-27 Trail System Section Completions
    by Mark Case
    2018-01-27 Middle of Little Spokane River
    by Daniel Collins
    2018-01-27 Yearly Walking Tour With Jack Nisbet
    2017-01-29 ANNUAL SPRING HIKE WITH JACK NISBET
    Saturday, May 6, 2017
    2016-10-28 Antoine Peak Hike 2016
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-08 Be Coyote-Wise
    Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
    2015-07-08 Unique Trail Users
    By Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-08 Wolverine Walkabout = Wolverine Wanderlust
    By Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-08 Saltese Upland Hike
    By Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-01 New Benches for the Haynes Estate Trails Area
    By Kirk Neumann
    2014-11-30 Pineriver Park Neighborhood Entrance Will Be Getting a New Look
    2014-11-30 Trail Signs
    2014-11-30 Trail Update
    By Lance Pounder
    2014-06-19 Beavers on the Little Spokane River
    By Ro Bury
    2014-04-04 SPRING FIELD TRIP with Jack Nisbet, Author/Historian
    Five Mile Prairie and the Little Spokane River MAY 10, 2014
    2013-12-30 We’re ‘Friends’ with WSDOT and The Children of the Sun pedestrian pathway.
    2013-12-30 Links to Printable 2013 Trails Maps
    2012-11-16 Devil's Gap Walking Tour with Jack Nisbet
    Saturday, May 11, 2013
    2012-06-26 Trails Update
    2011-12-27 County's Wandermere Road Project
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2011-01-01 Trails Overview
    2010-06-22 Trails Update
    by Lance Pounder
    2009-09-22 Vandervert Trail
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2009-09-21 North Spokane Corridor
    by Michael Kennedy
    2009-09-21 Trees and Trails
    by Jim Ellis
    2009-09-21 Finishing Touches on the Bridge
    by Lindell Haggin
    2009-09-21 Trails
    by Martha Schaefer
    2009-08-17 Art Work Drawings for Retaining Walls at Wandermere and Garden Avenue
    2009-02-13 Haynes Estate Conservation Area Planting
    2009-02-13 New Pedestrian-Bike Trail Needs Your Help To Find A Name
    2009-02-13 08 Trails Update
    2009-02-11 Trails FAQs
    Geology / History
    2018-11-05 Murder at Greenleaf Farm: The Tragic Downfall of Theodore Cushing and His Ties to Francis H. Cook and Wandermere Golf Course
    by Ty Brown
    2018-10-28 Wandermere Golf Course: Legacy on the Little Spokane River
    2018-05-19 Jack Nisbet's and FLSRV's Sixth Annual Walking Tour: Lower Hangman/Latah Creek April 29, 2018
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2016-10-27 "Don't tell my wife about this!"
    by Tina Wynecoop
    2015-07-10 Wandermere
    By Dan Webster ... Courtesy of Spokesman Review
    2009-02-13 Inland Northwest Geology
    Birds
    2014-12-30 Bird Watching
    2011-12-26 Birds Falling From The Sky
    by Tina and Judge Wynecoop
    2009-02-15 Nesting Ospreys
    2009-02-13 Dabblers, Divers, Murderers and Travelers: Birds of the INW
    Through March 15, 2009 Museum of Arts and Culture
    Favorite Views
    2009-02-13 Some Beautiful Views Contributed By Members
    Goals
    2012-04-05 Friends of Little Spokane River Valley Goals
    As Agreed to by the Board of Directors September 8, 1998
    Favorite Books
    2018-10-28 The Dreamer and the Doctor
    by author Jack Nisbet
    2009-04-14 Readings about our Little Spokane River Valley
    Newsletters
    2018-10-28 October 2018 Newsletter
    2018-05-19 May 2018 Newsletter Download as PDF
    2018-01-27 January 2018 Newsletter
    2017-10-24 October 2017 Newsletter
    2017-04-15 Spring 2017 Newsletter
    2016-10-28 October 2016 Newsletter
    2016-02-06 January 2016 Newsletter
    2015-07-07 Spring 2015 Newsletter
    2014-11-30 November 2014 Newsletter as PDF
    2014-06-19 June 2014 Newsletter PDF
    2013-12-30 December 2013 Newsletter
    2013-04-25 April 2013 Newsletter
    2012-11-16 November 2012 Newsletter
    2012-07-26 June 2012 Newsletter
    2011-12-27 November 2011 Newsletter
    2011-02-07 January 2011 Newsletter
    2010-06-21 June 2010 Newsletter
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