Friday, February 1, 2013

Feds Seek Endangered Species Protection for Wolverines

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 1:27 PM

The wolverine has experienced a steady decline since in the 19th century, primarily due to trapping, range reduction and habitat fragmentation.
  • The wolverine has experienced a steady decline since in the 19th century, primarily because of trapping, range reduction and habitat fragmentation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it is proposing to list wolverines as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. USFWS will now seek comments during the next 90 days on the best ways to aid recovery of the species should it receive protection.

An estimated 250-300 wolverines now live in the United States, with many existing in the North Cascades Range in Washington and the Northern Rockies of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and a small portion of Oregon's Wallowa Range.

“This proposal would give us the flexibility to tailor the protections for the wolverine provided by the ESA to only those things that are necessary,” said Noreen Walsh, director of the Wildlife Service’s Mountain-Prairie Region. “Scientific evidence suggests that a warming climate will greatly reduce the wolverine’s snowpack habitat. We look forward to hearing from our state and local partners and members of the public and scientific community on these proposals as we work to ensure the continued recovery of the species.”

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