Trail camera snaps photos of wolverines in N.E. Oregon

ENTERPRISE — First there were tracks.

Now there are photos.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Monday that photos from two different automatic trail cameras in the Wallowa Mountains confirm the existence of at least two wolverines — the first known to be in Wallowa County in northeastern Oregon.

Under pressure from environmentalists, federal wildlife authorities have acknowledged that the wolverine — numbering about 300 individuals in the United States — warrants protection, but authorities haven't gotten around to it yet.

Wolverines are specially adapted to snow, and global warming is shrinking their habitat. They are protected by Oregon as a threatened species.

A week ago, researcher Audrey Magoun had found tracks. Now two cameras set out at bait stations have snapped photos of two different wolverines.

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