Local photographer spots wolverine

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November 20, 2014 9:02 AM

Ken McLeod was surprised to get a quick photo of what he said appears to be a wolverine near his farm north of Lloydminster.

Rare sighting in this region for area resident

It was around a quarter after nine last Sunday when Ken McLeod and his wife saw something out their living room window. It was a small animal, black, and they only saw a flash of it before it disappeared into the bushes west of his house.

ut half an hour later it came back and this time, he captured it with his camera.

“Well some people who have seen the photos who are trappers, they’re saying the body is too thick to be a fisher and it’s most likely a wolverine, a younger one,” he said. “So definitely rare.”

The Alcurve resident, retired jack-of-alltrades and avid wildlife photographer said he’s seen the creature in his yard once before, late last fall, and at first wasn’t quite sure what he was looking at.

“Like what the heck am I seeing? Because I’ve never really seen one in real life before,” he said.

“I have done a lot of wildlife photography in different areas, like the wild horses that were in Saskatchewan, the Bronson Forest, then the last eight years I’ve been in the foothills of Alberta, west of Sundry, Rocky Mountain House, photographing the wild horses and other wild life I see.”

In all his time photographing wildlife, not only has he never seen a wolverine, he said he’s rarely heard them mentioned.

After asking around and doing a little research on the net, he discovered that wolverines are mostly active at night. Given this information, he ordered himself a night camera in hopes of getting more snapshots of the elusive critter.

“They’re very rarely seen in the daytime from what I can gather. So hopefully I can get some pictures with the night camera.”

Wolverines are notoriously aggressive and armed with sharp teeth and claws but McLeod said he’s happy to see the rare beast, if that is in fact what it is.

“I think it’s a good thing they’re around,” he said. “I love all wildlife, I’m happy to see it here.”

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