Does the Wolverine Need Endangered Species Protection?


Are wolverines endangered? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it doesn't have information to answer than question, and has long rejected petitions by conservation groups to protect the species. But now a federal court has ruled that Fish and Wildlife must formally review whether the wolverine does or does not deserve protection under the Endangered Species Act.

This won't be that easy, by the way. Precious little is known about the wolverine, and it is a tough species to study. Lone males tend to wander habitats hundreds of miles wide. A conservation study planned by the Yellowstone Park Foundation still needs more than $150,000 of the study's planned $166,110 cost.

It should be noted that this federal court ruling came down last September, and the Fish and Wildlife Service is just taking action now, more than eight months later.

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