Finding Gulo – The Movement to Save Wolverines

Colin Arisman, Tyler Wilkinson-Ray | 2021 | 27 min.

2022 Official Selection

The wolverine (Gulo gulo) is an intrepid and solitary carnivore, historically ranging throughout North America’s most rugged and remote regions. However, human persecution decimated their populations, and it seemed that wolverines might disappear from much of their wild homeland. Today, they are recovering in the contiguous U.S. and sightings of the elusive gulo are becoming more frequent among backcountry skiers who visit the West’s most remote mountain ranges.

“Finding Gulo” follows Steph Williams, a ski guide and field biologist as she works with wildlife photographer Dave Moskowitz to capture images and data of a recovering population of wolverines near her home in the North Cascades of Washington State. Steph is on a mission to prove that citizen science can be a critical tool to protect endangered wildlife. As a backcountry skier, Steph has long been concerned about the impacts of climate change, but as her connection deepens with gulo, so does her commitment to grassroots stewardship.

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