This website presents a background investigation of wolverine abundance in Washington State, as well as behavior and movement patterns, in order to present viable findings for a GIS-based habitat suitability analysis. Based on supporting literature and previous research, an assessment of the Central Cascade region as viable habitat for restoration efforts was attempted. The results are presented herein and discussed more specifically within the context of possible climatic influences on habitat longevity and feasibility of wildlife crossing structures over Interstate 90 (a major barrier to terrestrial species). As a low density species, these mammalian carnivores are poorly understood and notoriously secretive, further complicating their candidacy for increased protection and focused restoration. This undergraduate senior thesis attempts to accurately assess this region in both its environmental characteristics and conservation climate to evaluate its likelihood of success for this sensitive species.
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