ESA Protection for Wolverine
Wolverine are exceedingly rare in the contiguous U.S. (only 250-300 remain), their highly fragmented habitat is shrinking due to climate change, and trapping in their habitat is common. Despite these facts, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service rejected the advice of its own scientists and refused to list the imperiled and iconic animal as threatened under the Endangered Species Act arguably for political reasons.
With our partners, WELC went to court to challenge this bad wildlife management. The court ruled the Fish & Wildlife Service improperly ignored science and violated the Endangered Species Act. Now, the agency must reconsider its decision not to list wolverine under the ESA, with consideration for the best available science. Should they make the wrong decision again, we’re more than ready to go back to court to fight for wolverine.