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Hiker photo confirms rare wolverine sighting in California

Who said the only time you can see a wolverine in California is on the big screen?

A California man took a picture of a wolverine walking across a bed of ice during a hiking trip in the Sierras, marking the fourth documented live wolverine to be caught on camera in the state, Fox40.com reported.

"The first day, I actually saw a bald eagle," David Messa said, recalling his mid-May hike. "I thought, well, is the trip going to get any better than this?"

Halfway into his four-day hike, Messa noticed a clumsy creature run across a lake covered mostly with snow and ice. The unidentified animal was “like a bull in a china shop” and fell through the snow two or three times, he said.

Back at camp, he figured the creature was a wolverine, the second rarest animal species in California behind the lone wolf from Oregon.

Messa told Fox40.com that wildlife biologists with Fish and Game and the Department of Forestry confirmed the picture.  

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