Caught on camera: Wolverines in the South Cascades and perhaps proof of reproduction

A male wolverine caught on camera. (Photo from Cascades Carnivore Project/U.S. Forest Service)

NACHES, Wash. -- Wildlife cameras have caught images that may show that wolverines, which were wiped out of Washington by the mid-1950s, are producing young in the South Cascades.

Then animals moved out of Canada to the North Cascades, where there is a small population today.

This spring, a wildlife camera in the Naches Ranger District in the South Cascades caught the image of Pepper, a female, according to the Cascades Carnivore Project and the U.S. Forest Service.

Experts say she was lactating, which may mean she has young, or kits.

If so, it would be the first time wolverines have reproduced south of Interstate 90 in modern times, officials said,

The Yakama Nation detected wolverines in the South Cascades in 2006 on the east slopes of Mount Adams.

Pepper was first discovered in May 2016.

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