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Wolverines could be used for avalanche search and rescue in Alaska

Long feared and misunderstood, the wolverine has a reputation for ferocity and strength, but a nonprofit conservation organization in Alaska hopes to breed and train the animal for use in avalanche search and rescue.

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Wolverines could be used for search and rescue in Alaska. Image by NH53 / CC BY 2.0

Last month the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center introduced a male and female wolverine, with the hopes that the pair will breed and produce offspring (called “kits”) that the center will be able to hand-raise and train. Wolverines are indeed hearty animals, often known for taking down prey much larger than themselves, but it is their intelligence and ability to smell things under the snow that might make them useful for avalanche rescue.

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