Outdoors

15 astonishing facts about wolverines

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They have a musk, like skunks

Unlike skunks, people tend to be fond of wolverines, at least in the abstract, as we name sports teams and comic book characters after them. Like skunks, wolverines have a foul-smelling musk that comes from a gland common to most members of the weasel family. Its unpleasantness can mark a given wolverine’s territory and definitely its food. The musk can also be weaponized, so watch out.

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