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Old 11-12-2009, 09:30 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Has anyone here driven across the Highroad on Hwy 76 (going in either direction) the past three nights? There is an animal that was hit in the West bound land and I swear it was a WOLVERINE.

Now there are reports that wolverines have been seen in Missouri (in the Mark Twain Forest), and I cannot think of anything else it could possibly be. The majority of the fur is very dark brown but there is a part across the shoulders that is a very light tan color. The length of the fur is about four inches long.

At first I thought it might be a coyote, but the body fur is too dark brown. Also, it stunk as bad (or worse) than a skunk for two days (you can still smell it, three days later). When I looked on the internet, it said that the Wolverine is sometimes called a "Skunk Bear" because of the strong odor that it gives off.

Did anybody else see it? I want some validation that I am not going crazy. LOL

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Branson-Hollister-Kimberling City
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Wink Road Kill...

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Has anyone here driven across the Highroad on Hwy 76 (going in either direction) the past three nights? There is an animal that was hit in the West bound land and I swear it was a WOLVERINE.

Now there are reports that wolverines have been seen in Missouri (in the Mark Twain Forest), and I cannot think of anything else it could possibly be. The majority of the fur is very dark brown but there is a part across the shoulders that is a very light tan color. The length of the fur is about four inches long.

At first I thought it might be a coyote, but the body fur is too dark brown. Also, it stunk as bad (or worse) than a skunk for two days (you can still smell it, three days later). When I looked on the internet, it said that the Wolverine is sometimes called a "Skunk Bear" because of the strong odor that it gives off.

Did anybody else see it? I want some validation that I am not going crazy. LOL

20yrsinBranson
20yrs...

I'll be happy to drive over there and see if I can find it, but for some reason I doubt anyone would take MY word about you NOT being crazy...


Let's gather the roadkill patrol!

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Old 11-13-2009, 01:36 PM
 
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Call me curious.
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Old 11-13-2009, 02:46 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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20yrs...

I'll be happy to drive over there and see if I can find it, but for some reason I doubt anyone would take MY word about you NOT being crazy...


Let's gather the roadkill patrol!

I called the Conservation Department in Jefferson City and spoke to a very nice lady there who is a Naturalist. She seems to be of the opinion that it was just a really, really big skunk. She said that there are a lot of color variations in skunks and that some can easily grow to 30 - 40 pounds (YOW!!!! ).

Driving by this morning, I took a good, long look and yeah, it could have been just a really HUGE-O skunk.

She did not even laugh at me once for asking. (Although I felt pretty silly after our conversation). LOL

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:48 PM
 
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I called the Conservation Department in Jefferson City and spoke to a very nice lady there who is a Naturalist. She seems to be of the opinion that it was just a really, really big skunk. She said that there are a lot of color variations in skunks and that some can easily grow to 30 - 40 pounds (YOW!!!! ).

Driving by this morning, I took a good, long look and yeah, it could have been just a really HUGE-O skunk.

She did not even laugh at me once for asking. (Although I felt pretty silly after our conversation). LOL

20yrsinBranson
I just googled 'color variations in skunks' because I had NEVER heard of such a thing. In fact, we just saw one on the way home tonight....it was the typical black and white....we also saw one on the same road last week...again, black and white. Here is the link that I was reading:
Dragoo's Skunk Page (http://www.dragoo.org/Intro.html - broken link)
Owners Of Pet Skunks: Fur Colors and Markings While it does briefly mention that they can be brown or red, those are ones that have been domestically raised. They mentioned something about a Badger....do you think this is what it could have been? American badger (Taxidea taxus): Distribution and habitat preferences (http://74.125.93.132/search?q=cache:5jtwk-B83HgJ:www.badgers.org.uk/badgerpages/american-badger-06.html+Stink+badgers+%2B+pictures+%2B+missouri&cd =1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us - broken link)

I told my hubby what you saw and he said that even though you spoke with the woman in Jeff City, he would be more inclined to believe that it was a Wolverine before thinking that it was a odd colored 40 pound skunk.

Oh well....who knows....but it was interesting because I didn't know that Wolverines had now been spoted in Mark Twain.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Reeds Spring, MO
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Out here in Reeds Spring on Y highway we see some pretty huge Skunks. I have seen them be off colored as well. I think it is more dirty fir than actual coloring though.
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