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By Ann McCreary
Methow Valley News 

Coalition of conservation groups to challenge wolverine decision

Feds deny endangered species designation


Last updated 10/29/2020 at 10:11am

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced last week that it will deny protections for the rare and elusive wolverine under the Endangered Species Act, prompting a coalition of conservation groups to announce they intend to sue.

“Recent scientific information makes clear that wolverines face threats from the destruction of their snowy habitat due to climate change,” said Earthjustice attorney Timothy Preso. “We intend to take action to make sure that the Trump administration’s disregard of the real impacts of climate change does not doom the wolverine to extinction in the lower-48 states.”

With fewer than 300 wolverines left in the contiguous United States, conservation advocates say there is no justification for the FWS decision to deny protection. Listing wolverines as threatened or endangered would trigger new, badly needed conservation efforts, according to a statement issued by Conservation Northwest, based in Bellingham.

The mountains of the North Cascades surrounding the Methow Valley are one of the few areas in the United States where wolverines are found. Wolverines have been studied extensively in this area during a multi-year research project that placed radio collars on wolverines to learn about behavior and habitat. To read more from this article, visit https://methowvalleynews.com/2020/10/14/coalition-of-conservation-groups-to-challenge-wolverine-decision/


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