A family of wolverines has made its home at Mount Rainier National Park for the first time in over a century, park officials announced last Thursday.
A grouping of wolverines can be called a gang, mob, or pack; we’re going with mob because the image of small wolverine mobsters just fills us with joy.
The mob was spotted in the park using camera stations set up by scientists in 2018.
“It’s really, really exciting,” said Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Chip Jenkins.
“It tells us something about the condition of the park — that when we have such large-ranging carnivores present on the landscape that we’re doing a good job of managing our wilderness.”
Wolverines are extremely rare in the United States. There are estimated to be only 300-1000 individual wolverines in the lower 48 US states.
Although they only weigh 20-50 pounds, wolverines are known to be quite the predators.
There’s evidence of mobs killing livestock, deer, and even moose.
Despite their hostile reputation, wolverines pose no risk to humans lucky enough to spot one in the wild. The animal will likely flee at the sight of visitors, said park officials.