The Forest Service’s Wolverine Study Draws to a Successful Close with One Big Last Hurrah: A Field Trip Deep into the Forest’s Rugged Backcountry with Pips, a Wolverine-Scat-Sniffing Rescue Dog.

For the past ten years, the Methow Valley Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has collaborated with scientists at the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station to undertake an ambitious study of the elusive wolverine on the North Cascades ecosystem.

The North Cascades Wolverine Study, which became part of the NFF’s Treasured Landscapes: Majestic Methow restoration campaign, was the first of its kind in this part of the world. John Rohrer, the Methow Valley Ranger District’s Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, recently summarized his experience this way: “Being the Wolverine Study’s field director for ten years was challenging, but also extremely rewarding. It was the unique combination of partners, people and personalities that made this study so successful.”