They were leaving, already happy to have seen wolves, bears, eagles or moose, when they had the most exceptional encounter of the day. Recently in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming in the United States, a father and his daughter filmed a wolverine, also called a wolverine, a few dozen meters away. They posted the video on YouTube, which was spotted by local newspapers Q2 Montana News and The Modesto Bee.
Only seven in the park
This mammal, which bears the name “wolverine” in English and which is renowned for its aggressiveness, is from the same family as otters, badgers, polecats and even weasels. Researchers estimate that they are seven to live on the nearly 9,000 km² of Yellowstone Park. They have very rarely been photographed or filmed, so on its website, the park asks visitors to take pictures of its footprints if they are lucky enough to find any. “Even those who study them are rarely lucky enough to see a glutton!” says the site.
The last time a wolverine was seen in the park was in January 2021. But he was only caught on a still camera, not passed by a group of people.
“The Unicorn of Yellowstone”
The guide who accompanied the family for their visit, interviewed by Q2 Montana News, said that he had only once had the chance to see a wolverine in his career, and that was more than a kilometer with binoculars. So crossing one on his way moved him a lot. “It was truly a magical moment. I don’t know how to describe it. We were left speechless,” he said.
Seeing a wolverine so close is such a myth that Carl Kemp, the father who posted the video on YouTube in which we hear him whispering so as not to frighten the wolverine, nicknamed the animal “the unicorn of Yellowstone”. .