Rancher spots first wolverine in North Dakota in 150 years — so he kills it
A rancher shot and killed the first wolverine spotted for more than a century in North Dakota — where the animals had been eradicated.
Researchers had been tracking the omnivorous animal, known as M56, since 2008, when a transmitter was placed under its skin after its capture just south of Yellowstone National Park, reported the Grand Forks Herald.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department said the wolverine wandered intoColorado in 2009 and stayed for at least three years, but researchers lost track of M56 at that point because the transmitter’s battery apparently ran out of power.
Researchers wondered what had happened to the wolverine until last month, when the animal was shot and killed by a rancher in McKenzie County, North Dakota — about 700 miles from where it was last spotted.