Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Really—it was a wolverine!

I want to extend a sincere thank-you for the article on Aug. 7 in regards to the rare wolverine that was spotted in the Pioneers. I have a similar story:

On Sunday, Aug. 2, I was coming down the summit of Kane Lake, a hike located east over Trail Creek Summit and about 10,000 feet in elevation. I was with my boyfriend and dog. As we came down over the high-mountain cirques, our dog, Chopper, stopped dead in his tracks and was growling at something that looked like a small bear—it was about 20 feet away. It seemed shocked to have ran into two intruders, as we were shocked to run into such an angry animal! To make a long story short: We used a large stick to scare the animal and it proceeded to trample into the boulders to the left and behind of us.

Afterward we Googled the animal and it was sure enough a wolverine. We told many friends and family but don't think anyone sincerely believed us. Based on your article, I now realize that it was a rare sight, and to see it in such close proximity was a true "sight for sore eyes." Nevertheless, I truly believe my family and I are truly blessed to have walked away from the situation unharmed and in positive spirits.

Andrea Christensen


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