Recent News & Updates

First wolverine confirmed in N.D. since 1800s; none seen in Minn. since 1899

Original story: http://www.wctrib.com/news/state/4022984-first-wolverine-confirmed-nd-1800s-none-seen-minn-1899

For the first time since the late 1800s, a wolverine has been confirmed in North Dakota.

Stephanie Tucker, game management section leader and furbearer biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, said the animal was shot last week near Alexander, N.D., in McKenzie County.

“This is the first verified report of a wolverine in the state in modern times,” Tucker said. “We get reports from time to time, and this is the first one we’ve been able to verify.”

The largest members of a scientific family that includes fishers, weasels and badgers, wolverines are known for their elusive, solitary nature and large home ranges that often cover hundreds of miles. Adult males can weigh anywhere from 24 pounds to nearly 40 pounds.

According to reports, a ranch hand shot the animal April 24 after spotting it harassing cattle. Tucker said wolverines are listed in North Dakota as furbearers with a closed season, but state law allows them to be killed if they’re threatening livestock.

In this case, she said, a warden’s investigation concluded the ranch hand who shot the animal was within his rights to do so.

Robert Seabloom, a professor emeritus of biology at UND and author of “Mammals of North Dakota,” said to his knowledge there hasn’t been a verified wolverine record in the state since the 1850s. Wolverines traditionally inhabit forested areas, although they occasionally make prairie travels.

“Alexander Henry and other early fur traders did take them along the Red River and in the Pembina Hills area in the late 18th and early 19th century,” Seabloom said in an email. “Also there may have been a sighting in the (Killdeer Mountains) in the 19th century.”

The wolverine shot last week was a young male. Tucker said the carcass of the animal as of Monday morning still was at the district Game and Fish office in Williston, but once it’s taken to Bismarck, department staff will conduct a necropsy — the animal version of an autopsy — to gather more information about the wolverine’s age, collect DNA samples in an effort to determine its origin and do some basic disease surveillance.

“This definitely will be the first time I’ve ever handled or seen a wolverine, so it will be interesting,” Tucker said.

Tucker said the closest known wolverine population is in Glacier National Park in the northern Rocky Mountains, and breeding populations also are found in northern Canada. Tucker said there was a report in March of a wolverine spotted near Havre, Mont., and she speculates it’s the same animal shot last week in western North Dakota.

“We get reports of wolverines from time to time, and the first thing in my mind is, let’s make sure it’s not a fisher,” Tucker said. Fishers are expanding in North Dakota as far west as the Missouri River corridor, Tucker said, but after seeing photos, she knew the animal was a wolverine.

“If I had to guess, I would anticipate this would be a subadult or young adult male wolverine,” she said.

Seabloom said he suspects the wolverine was dispersing in search of a new home when it came across the rancher’s cattle and its eventual demise.

“Hard to say how he got there,” Seabloom said. “They are known to travel long distances cross country, but I think it more likely he could have followed the Yellowstone or Missouri rivers out of Wyoming or Montana.”

According to an article in the May-June 2003 issue of the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, the last record in Minnesota was taken in 1899 in Itasca County.

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Sustaining Members

If you read your spring PTA newsletter you know about our new Sustaining Member program. It is a way for members in good standing to give a little extra to the Association and in return receive a limited, special inaugural patch. I am pleased with the response so far and would like to share the names of our initial sustaining members.

LastFirstStateLastFirstState
BLEILER
LOU
PA
McKEEVER
THOMAS
PA
BLEILER
BRANDON
PA
MIHALIK
CARL
PA
BROWN
JAMES
PA
MINDLER
JAMES
PA
CAPPA
PETE
PA
MOHN
BRIAN
PA
CILIBERTO
TONY
PA
MURRAY, JR
PAUL
PA
COGILL
BRIAN
ME
PRICE
ED
PA
DORNISCH
JEFF
PA
RIDILLA
MIKE
PA
EATON
DAN
PA
RAKE
PETE
PA
ECKELS
DAVE
PA
SHELLY
TERRY
PA
EICHE
REYNOLD
PA
SHUTTLEWORTH
DAVE
PA
EISERT
PETE
PA
SOMONICK
JOHN
PA
FOX
CHRISTIAN
PA
SPHAR
WALTER
PA
GRIFFITH
JIM
PA
SPHAR
JOSEPH
PA
HACKETT
TROY
WI
SPHAR
JONATHAN
PA
HARRIS, JR
CLARK
PA
SPHAR
CHARLES
PA
HOFER II
ROBERT
PA
SPHAR
ZACHARY
PA
HOOVER, III
RALPH
PA
SPITTLE
MIKE
PA
HOTZMAN
RUSS
PA
SPONSLER
EDWARD
PA
KALIE
JEFFREY
PA
STROHECKER
TODD
PA
KALINAUSKIS
BILL
PA
SYKES
CHARLIE
GA
KEISER
STEWART
PA
WAGNER
RALPH
PA
KINTNER
EDWIN
PA
WAGNER
SHARON
PA
KLINGER
DON
PA
WAGNER
JIM
PA
KRUMWIEDE
LOUIS
IL
WARNER
BARRY
PA
LANE
TOM
PA
WEISNER
RAYMOND
PA
LINDNER
RICHARD
PA
WENTZEL, JR
STEVE
PA
LUTZ
TERRY
PA
WERT
TOM
PA
MAST
JOE
PA
WILLIAMS
MIKE
PA
MASTROMATTEO
MATT
PA
WILLIARD SR
GARY
PA
McENTEE
GEORGE
PA
ZORN, SR
RALPH
PA

If you are a current member and would like to become a sustaining member, please send a $20 check made payable to the PTA to PO Box 708 Hummelstown PA  17036 and I will get a patch out to you.  There are only 200 of these patches in existence so don’t delay.  When they’re gone, they’re gone.

I will be updating and publishing this list periodically.  If I have misspelled your name or you feel you have been missed please give me a call or send an email so I can correct it.

Donna Spittle
Treasurer

NAFA Fur Auction Results

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Higher Prices for Coyotes Continue

The international fashion and trim trade again demonstrated strong demand for Coyote, competing aggressively for better sections of Western Coyote. Western Heavy sold 99% at advancing prices, while Western Semi Heavy sold 75%, also at increasing prices.
Overall, Raccoons sold better than expected, with 250,000 going primarily to China and Europe. This is the first time Raccoon has sold in any volume in two years. Better sections and better qualities achieved higher-than-expected prices, while commercial and small sizes continue to sell at discounted prices.

Shearing type Beaver sold well at higher prices, while long hair continues to meet with resistance. Musquash sold 50%, primarily to China.

The results of today’s wild fur auction show a general improvement in the atmosphere of the market.

Ranch Silver Fox sold 65% at levels very firm to recent international auctions.

The Top Lot of Beaver was purchased by A. Borello for Gianfranco Ferré Furs of Milan, Italy for $63.

The Top Lot of Coyote was purchased by Rebellato Graziano of Italy for $340.

The Top Lot of Ranch Silver Fox was purchased by Randy Richards for Glacier Wear of Maine, United States for $100.

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D1: Gun Raffle Results & Photos

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 DescriptionTicket #First NameLast NameFirst NameLast Name
Main Ticket
1Weatherby Vanguard 30/063006BobBarnesMelissaUzarski
2Cash $200.002775ScottLairdJenLaird
3Smith/Wesson SD4010BillPhillipsSponsorSponser
4Marlin XT 17 VSL S/S Black LAM997BillieSzymechiJohnChase
5Henry Lever Action .22LR1243JeremyStrickRodneyHarsh
6Omega 50 Cal. ML1287DavidBakerScottGrieser
7Marlin XS7 7mm-08835NancySchafferPaulCrowl
8Stoeger P350 12 GA905PatLeute
9Savage Axis Syn XP 243774TammyGundakerKenGundaker
10Remington 870 Express 12 Gauge142JamesGurreraPink
11Marlin XT- 22 Camo2195JohnStickenbergerMailing
12Cash $200.0098DarrenTuckerSponsorSponsor
13Heritage Arms Rough Rider 22 MAG892PatrickYoungPaulCrowl
14Marlin XL7 30/061742DavidWiseDavidWise
15Tri Star Cobra1185JeffBabbJeffBabb
16Remington 770 30/06 with Scope1718JeffKramerDr DaveWilliam
17Mossberg 500 12 G384DarrellMookDarrellMook
18T/C Venture 308 Caliber1574CurtisOsborneCurtisOsborne
19Weatherby Vanguard 2572849BriceGalehenBrittneyKnight
20Savage 11 Trophy Hunter180JamesGurreraPink
Extra Guns Added for Tickets Sold Above 1200
E1Savage Axis3011AllenSpeckDonnaMurphy
E2Henry Lever Action .22LR873NatalieSchaffer
E3Heratage Arms 22 Rev2115DanBogarskiPaulPrizinsky
E4Henry Lever Action1696AndyStineAndyStine
E5Taurus PT 111 G21490JimFryJimFry
E6Smith/Wesson 9mm Shield907JoshAlysworth
E7Delton Sport AR15 5.56393RichardSackett
Beer Guns
BR-1Glock 42CoryBrown
BR-2Mossberg PatriotKennethStaudenmaier
BR-3Delton Sport 556ChaseTharp
BR-4Delton Sport 556AngelaValesky
Floor Guns
FL-1Savage Axis 7mm 08KeithStaudenmaier
FL-2Carbon Express CrossbowAnthonyFarkas
FL-3Chiappa Little BadgerScottThomas
FL-4Delton Sport 5.56/223TomMakowski
Sponsor Gun Winner
Smith's Hot Dogs
Sellers Raffle: each winner received $50.00
John Chase, Donna Murphy, Charlie Sykes, Gary Miller, Curtis Osborne

Fisher & Bobcat Data

Fisher Harvest:

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
# Permits 2,886 2,612 3,729 5,559 6,637 6,564
Harvest 152 126 228 341 443 401
Fisher/100 Permits 5.3 4.8 6.1 6.1 6.7 6.1

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Table 1. Bobcat harvest and permit holder numbers.

Bobcat Harvest 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
# Permits 15,963 13,134 15,244 16,867 17,134 16,778
# Trapped 886 729 685 835 838 728
# Hunted 250 240 371 329 294 305
Total Harvest 1,136 969 1,056 1,164 1,132 1,034
Harvest / 100 Permits 7.1 7.3 6.9 6.9 6.6 6.2

Table 2. Changes in bobcat harvest density by WMU during 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

2014-2015 2015-2016
WMU Bobcat Harvest Harvest Density (Bobcats/100mi2) Bobcat Harvest Harvest Density
(Bobcats/100mi2)
Change
(Bobcats/100mi2)
2A 56 3.1 57 3.1 0.1
2C 65 2.1 69 2.2 0.1
2E 60 4.7 73 5.8 1.0
2F 80 3.3 89 3.7 0.4
2G 150 4.8 126 4.0 -0.8
2H 47 4.7 28 2.8 -1.9
3A 80 5.2 75 4.9 -0.3
3B 139 6.1 96 4.2 -1.9
3C 140 6.4 133 6.1 -0.3
3D 57 2.6 58 2.6 0.0
4A 54 3.1 57 3.2 0.2
4C 43 2.4 28 1.5 -0.8
4D 112 4.0 102 3.7 -0.4
4E 47 2.7 43 2.4 -0.2

Table 3. Method of take for bobcats harvested during the 2010-2015 seasons.

Season Total Harvest % Trapped % Hunted
2010-2011 1,136 77.9 22.1
2011-2012 969 75.2 24.8
2012-2013 1,056 64.9 35.1
2013-2014 1,164 71.0 29.0
2014-2015 1,132 74.0 26.0
2015-2016 1,034 70.4 29.6

2016 Fisher Harvest Data

Fur Donation to Brian Dean

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Donated to FFA teacher Brian Dean on behalf of PTA (anonymous donor) for his dedication to environmental education. The lot included coyote, fisher, bobcat, raccoon, red fox, gray fox, possum, skunk, weasel, and muskrat.