In February of 2014, a remotely triggered camera in Utah’s rugged Uinta mountains captured a picture of something no one thought possible in the area: a wolverine. This elusive creature hadn’t been spotted here for nearly 40 years. This one photograph set in motion a massive undertaking to find if these badasses of the animal kingdom were setting up shop here for good. Under the guidance of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, ultrarunners took to the mountains setting up and checking camera traps around the ecosystem in search of more photographic evidence. The result? A comprehensive survey of wildlife in the range and a model for citizen science projects everywhere.

Director: Danny Schmidt
Cinematography: Rick Smith, Reid Morth, Garret Smith, Danny Schmidt
Runners: Sarah McCloskey, Craig Lloyd
Editor: Danny Schmidt
Client: National Geographic, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation
Thanks to Gregg Treinish and Mike Kautz