By Ann McCreary
Methow Valley News 

Wolverines designated a threatened species by Fish and Wildlife Service


Last updated 1/14/2024 at 9:47am

Zach Winters, U.S. Forest Service

Wolverines are found in high-elevation landscapes including North Cascades National Park and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

High in the mountains above the Methow Valley lives a small population of rare wolverines, one of the most elusive mammals in North America.

The North Cascades are one of the few areas in the United States where wolverines are still found. But their snowy alpine habitat in the North Cascades and elsewhere in the West is becoming increasingly fragmented and degraded due to human activity and climate change.

The imperiled species will gain new protections with a recent decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to designate the wolverine as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the lower 48 states.

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