Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 7:00 AM


To the Innu Indians of Quebec, the wolverine, Kuekuatsheu, is responsible for the creation of this world, but he is native to another world: He is a space-wolverine.

Long ago, Kuekuatsheu built a big boat like Noah's Ark, and put all the various animals species in it. There was a great deal of rain and the land was flooded. He told the mink to dive into the water to retrieve some mud and rocks, which he mixed together to make an island. This island is the world which we presently inhabit along with all the animals.

Since then, we haven't been very nice to the wolverine. The animal's frost-resistant fur made it desirable for trappers, and both human habitation and climate change have greatly affected the range of the wolverine's habitat.

But today, you can learn about what's being done to protect this very curious creature with the Wolverine Conservation and Happy Hour at the Payette Brewing Company. Jeff Copeland of the Wolverine Foundation will speak about research and conservation efforts in Idaho and the West, which represent some of the southernmost tips of the wolverine's habitat.

The event runs from 5-7 p.m. and is free. And remember, though the wolverine is often referred to as the "skunk bear," it's actually a weasel. The world's biggest weasel from another planet. True fact. Now, you're curious.

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