National Geographic : 2002 Jun
The Lean Season Built for the demanding northern winter, the nonhiber nating wolverine scours its snowy range for small prey and, if it's lucky, a ready made feast of carrion. Road kill (above) supplied by the photographer fed a wolverine before a bear arrived to fin ish the meal. Powerful jaws allow wolverines to crunch the flesh of frozen prey. Flat paws (right) help them move quickly over hard snow to reach a carcass. In this re gion, leftovers from wolf kills provide most of the carrion. Wolverines here will chase down and kill wild reindeer, but they prefer domesticated ones, according to Leinonen. "Herded reindeer are semi tame and are not adapted to run in deep snow," he said. "But the wild ones are usu ally too alert and fast-even for the wolverine." [ Decorate your desktop with a wolverine image, and find field tales, more photo graphs, and tips from the photographer at nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0206.