Supporting stewardship of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness 
and fostering appreciation of wild lands.

Wolverine and Lynx Study

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The Yellowstone River Research Center (YRRC) at Rocky Mountain College is developing a long-term citizen science monitoring program for wolverine and lynx within the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently extended listing the wolverine as an endangered species in the lower 48 states, where lynx are currently listed as a threatened species.  There are only two historical records of wolverine and one of lynx in the interior of the A-B Wilderness.   Given our knowledge of these species habitat requirements and the records from the surrounding area we assume that the A-B Wilderness is suitable habitat for both of these species.

The YRRC provides funding for student researchers, some field equipment and free summer housing for students.    We are working closely with the Forest Service, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and the Montana Wilderness Association – Eastern Wildlands Chapter to make this research happen.

We need intrepid volunteers (aka Citizen Scientists) with hiking experience to join our student researchers to set and check camera and hair snare stations for both species.  Survey expeditions will range between 1-4 days and vary in difficulty. There will be only four volunteer spots available per outing from June 15th through August 10th.  The YRRC will provide transportation from Billings to the field sites, training in how to check and reset stations, and camp food for the trip. Citizen scientists should have their own camping gear.

Please contact David Kallenbach of the ABWF to reserve a space or for more information.


Wolverine and Lynx Study

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