february 7 2013
TAKE ACTION: Wolverines need your help
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has finally recognized that wolverines in the Lower 48 face immense threats to their snowbound habitat from a warming climate. It has proposed listing the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
The USFWS has a year to decide whether to follow through with their proposal to list the wolverine as threatened. They are holding a public comment period from February 4 to May 6, 2013. Please take a moment to submit a comment and help ensure that wolverines get the federal protection they deserve!
The largest land-dwelling members of the weasel family, these powerful carnivores survive by scavenging and hunting. Sadly, there are only about 300 wolverines left in the Lower 48 -- and fewer than 35 are believed to be breeding successfully.
Tell the USFWS today that you strongly support federal protection for wolverines!
Here are some important points to mention when submitting your comment:
Wolverines need deep snow that lasts through spring for dens in which the females raise their young.
But wolverines in the Lower 48 could lose two-thirds of their snow-covered habitat by the end of this century due to climate change, and recovery of endangered species will be severely curtailed.
Federal protection will help wolverines survive a warming world by removing threats such as trapping, giving them a better chance to expand into unoccupied habitat.
Federal protection will provide the resources and attention needed for research and monitoring to better understand threats and help sustain wolverines into the future.
Wolverine reintroduction in high-alpine Colorado will help increase the chances of the species surviving in the Lower 48 in a warming future.
Defenders and our colleagues have been fighting for nearly two decades to federally protect wolverines in the Lower 48 states, where climate change threatens their future.
Will USFWS seal these animals’ fate, or give them the helping hand they desperately need?
Please tell The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to follow through and grant federal protection for wolverines.
Thank you for speaking out for wildlife.