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Feds say wolverines need protection

2010-12-13T10:28:00Z 2010-12-13T10:34:47Z Feds say wolverines need protectionThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 13, 2010 10:28 am  • 

HELENA - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the wolverine should be to be added to the list of endangered and threatened species.

But, the federal agency adds, adding the wolverine now is precluded by higher priorities - that is, other species considered in greater danger.

The agency says in a decision posted Monday that the small mammal known for its ferocity will be added to the candidate species list.

The Fish and Wildlife Service says wolverine's range in the U.S. includes portions of Montana, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and California.

Two years ago, the agency found the wolverine was not eligible for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act. Environmentalists sued, and last year the agency agreed to issue a new finding.

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  1. KaseyMo
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    KaseyMo - December 13, 2010 3:36 pm
    We need to realize that the ESA is really just a scapegoat in the wolf issue. The ESA did not forcibly move the wolves from Canada to Yellowstone without considering the social impacts, but this is a different topic for a different article.

    Instead of focusing on an animal with an intimidating name that can evoke scary images (wolverine, wolf, etc.)and thus a strong reaction, focus on the organism that has taken importance over wolverines. This seems a thinly veiled attempt to create more unwarranted controversy.
  2. poacher
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    poacher - December 13, 2010 11:41 am
    Based upon the current state of the wolf controversy and disastrous misuse of the ESA, I think we should all be skeptical of listing any more animals as “endangered.”

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