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Wolverine spotted along Columbia River, near Portland

Wolverine spotted along Columbia river, near Portland.
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Cascadia Wild
Wolverine spotted along Columbia river, near Portland.

A wolverine has been spotted along the Columbia River, near Portland. It resembles a small bear and doesn't have a skeleton reinforced with adamantium, like the fictional "X-Men" superhero, Wolverine.

Wolverines are the largest member of the weasel family and this Monday’s sighting is the first confirmed report of a wolverine in Oregon outside of the Wallowa Mountains in over 30 years.

The mammal is rare and listed as threatened in the state.

Following the sighting, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife biologists visited the area and also found a set of wolverine tracks.

ODFW and Cascadia Wild have set up two non-invasive monitoring stations nearby - each with a motion-detecting camera and a hair-collecting device.

Cascadia Wild and ODFW encourage people to report additional sightings of the wolverine.

Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.