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The wolverine is still considered a threatened or endangered species by the Ministry of Natural Resources. (istockphoto.com)

Officials with the Ministry of Natural Resources say wolverine sightings in the northeast are on the rise.

Neil Dawson is a wildlife assessment co-ordinator with the MNR.

He said there have been recent sightings of wolverines north of Hearst, near Kapuskasing and close to the James Bay Coast.

"Formally, they were pretty much found only around Red Lake, Souix Lookout, north up to the Peawanuk, Fort Severn Area," Dawson said.

"In the last five years or so, we've been getting more reports and evidence or animals around Cape Henrietta Maria, which is where the Hudson and James Bay join, and the Attawapiskat area."   

Dawson said the wolverine is still considered a threatened or endangered species, and if people see one, they should contact the MNR.