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The wolverine is the largest terrestrial species of the family Mustelidae. It is a stocky and muscular carnivore, more closely resembling a small bear than other mustelids. The wolverine, a solitary animal, has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself. Icons of northern regions, wolverines are rarely seen and prefer remote, pristine wilderness areas.


The wolverine is a stocky and muscular animal. Though its legs are short, its large, five-toed paws and plantigrade posture facilitate movement through deep snow. The adult wolverine is about the size of a medium dog, with a length usually ranging from 65–107 cm (26–42 in), a tail of 17–26 cm (6.7–10.2 in), and a weight of 16 kg (35 lb), It is the largest of the terrestrial mustelids; only the marine-dwelling sea otter and giant otter of the Amazon basin are heavier…

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