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Wary Welcome
Photograph by Antti Leinonen

A mother wolverine stands bear-like at attention and her five-month-old male offspring crouches in readiness as the female sibling approaches through high grass. The young, called kits, are large enough to accompany their mother on short hunts for prey like hares, moles, and birds, reports photographer Antti Leinonen. He has spent the past 15 years documenting the little-known social life of wolverines, centering his work on a 40-mile (64-kilometer) stretch of boreal forest outside his hometown of Kuhmo, Finland.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: EOS 50
Film Type: Fuji
Lens: EF 300 mm f/4 lens
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 sec f/4

Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Early morning in August.
Lighting Techniques: N/A
Special Equipment: Photo taken from a blind.

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