WATCH: Rare wolverine captured on camera in Yellowstone National Park

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By RADIO.COM

So that’s what they look like.

A wild wolverine, one of the rarest animals in Yellowstone National Park, was captured on the park’s official wildlife camera.

The black-and-white footage marks the first time a wolverine was caught by the park’s remote camera, originally installed in 2014 to monitor cougars, the park explained on Facebook.

In the trail camera clip posted to Facebook, the animal can be seen dashing through the woods, bouncing along the snow-blanketed forest.

“Last month, park biologists were excited to find one of Yellowstone’s rarest mammals triggered a remote trail camera outside the Mammoth Hot Springs area!” Yellowstone’s caption to the video read.

In the description, the park included a quick primer on the rare species for all the animal fanatics out there.

“Wolverines (Gulo gulo), mid-sized carnivores in the weasel family that typically occupy high-elevation alpine and forest habitats, exist in low densities in the park and are rarely detected,” the caption explained.

The caption continued: “Park biologists have used remote cameras to monitor the cougar population since 2014, but this technology has since become increasingly valuable for detecting and monitoring a variety of species and aspects of Yellowstone's ecology. This is the first video footage of a wolverine since remote cameras have been deployed in the park.”

According to the National Park Service’s page on the animal, only seven wolverines — two female, five male — have been captured on camera between 2006 and 2009.

The wolverine population was drastically reduced as a result of commercial trapping and predator control efforts in the 1930s, the NPS page explains.

As the service describes, “Wolverines are so rarely seen and inhabit such remote terrain at low densities that assessing population trends is difficult and sudden declines could go unnoticed for years.”

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