TRUCKEE, Calif. - The first wolverine to be spotted in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range since 1922 has been photographed north of the town of Truckee.
The wolverine, which scientists said last year was long gone from the region, was photographed by a graduate student's remote control camera in the Tahoe National Forest, The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday.
The photo was taken in a relatively pristine part of Tahoe National Forest that Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative Hilda Solis have proposed to protect as a Wilderness Study Area under their California Wild Heritage Act.
William Zielinski, a carnivore specialist and research ecologist with the Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Field Research Station, said it is not yet known whether the animal is a native of the mountain range or whether it recently entered the area from another location.
The last wolverine previously seen in Sierra Nevada was killed in 1922 as a scientific specimen.
The discovery came amid a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review of whether wolverines should be added to the endangered species list.
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