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Wolverine shot in North Dakota came from Wyoming, its radio transmitter shows

Information from an implanted radio transmitter showed a wolverine shot late last month by a ranch hand in western North Dakota came from Wyoming, where the device was inserted in 2008 after the animal was captured south of Yellowstone National Park.

Researchers often implant such transmitters in mammals that frequently crawl in and out of burrows or that live in water.

According to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, the wolverine’s last known location was in Colorado in 2012. After that, the battery in the transmitting device likely depleted.

The last confirmed record of a wolverine in North Dakota was from the fur trading era in the mid-1800s.

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