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PostWed Nov 02, 2022 6:34 pm 
Just sharing this short video about the Cascade Wolverine Project. The video was recently released online. I found it well done. If you're out in the backcountry in the winter, keep your eyes out for tracks. video: https://vimeo.com/629606430 info on documenting and submitting tracks: https://cascadeswolverineproject.org/get-involved/

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PostThu Nov 03, 2022 9:33 am 
This was a fantastic watch. Thank you for sharing this with us! Anybody who hasn't seen this yet, it's worth your 27 minutes.

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PostThu Nov 03, 2022 9:37 am 
Love it! Thank you for posting. I didn't know about the sheep history; I mean the why there were so many here; I knew about the impact of vegetation, but didn't realize about the poison humans used to protect them.

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PostThu Nov 03, 2022 11:41 am 
I think it's less than accurate to claim that the wolverine's numbers declined so precipitously due to poisoning/trapping/shooting by sheep ranchers in the 1920s and 1930s. All species of fur-bearing animals were trapped almost to extinction here under the auspices of the Hudson Bay Company and the British Crown, who figured that if there were no fur-bearing animals left, there would be no reason the Americans would want the real estate. What good are mountains, anyway? Most species of fur-bearing animals in Washington and Oregon were fairly well wiped out prior to 1900 - it's amazing the sea otter, fisher, and wolverine managed to survive at all.

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PostThu Nov 03, 2022 11:48 am 
It contributed, and that is something I didn't know about.

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PostThu Nov 03, 2022 11:59 am 
Oh, it contributed to their demise significantly - same as the cougar shooters up on the Peninsula - but their numbers had already been reduced significantly prior to 1900 by trappers/shooters. It's an obscure snip that has conveniently been omitted from history books. We seem to make a habit of doing that - failing to mention our most serious errors in judgment, particularly when they might sully the otherwise sterling reputations of both the U.S. and Britain when it comes to "protecting the environment".

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PostThu Nov 03, 2022 1:02 pm 
Well I think the video Stickybuns posted is more about researching their recovery, so I didn't expect it to go into a million details about how they got to where they are. As I noted, it was interesting to know the reason there were so many sheep herds back in the day. This video, and this video's particular subjects, was really interesting to watch.

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PostThu Nov 03, 2022 7:38 pm 

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PostFri Nov 04, 2022 6:01 pm 
Opening audio is hilarious "fresh deer kill, tons of blood, everything you could want". I give my money to the orangutans but that's just me.

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PostFri Nov 04, 2022 6:41 pm 
Thanks, sticky buns, for sharing this fascinating video!

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