The wolverine is more than just a cartoon superhero or sports mascot. It is a fascinating creature; a true representative of all remaining wild lands on this earth.
The wolverine (Gulo gulo) earned its place in folklore long before north-country trappers and a few over-zealous naturalists began to spin tales of a beast of great ferocity, cunning, and extraordinary strength. Indian mythology describes the wolverine as a trickster-hero, and a link to the spirit world. Still, even today the wolverine remains largely a mystery.
TWF is operated by a small administrative staff, and managed under the guidance of a world-wide directorship comprised of wildlife scientists. We operate solely on the voluntary efforts of our directors and staff, and with the help of private and public donations.
Our understanding of the wolverine – and any species of wildlife for that matter – is based largely on wildlife research. Researchers must follow a rigorous protocol to ensure data are collected in a systematic fashion and results are valid and repeatable.
Results are generally published in scientific journals, utilized primarily within the scientific community, and in many cases difficult for the general public to interpret. Wildlife advocates and conservation organizations provide an important link between research and the public interest, functioning as a sort of “middle-man” bringing complex science-based issues to the public’s attention.
This link between science and the public is very important as public interest often motivates agency management. Unfortunately, during this process the science can become sensationalized or misrepresented. Maintaining the integrity of the science throughout this process is vital.
The Wolverine Foundation provides a different sort of link between science and the public. We offer the public an opportunity to be involved – to contribute directly to the data gathering process. We offer your donations in the form of research grants to projects and scientists that we ensure will advance wolverine science.
If you feel drawn to this effort, we would be grateful for your help. We employ no salaried staff. Your generous contribution will directly support our programs and research projects.