By Billy Arnold
Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange 

Wolverines win Endangered Species Act protection

 

December 7, 2023

Photo by Mark Gocke, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

A female wolverine peeks out of a trap near Moose Creek in 2005. Wolverines received federal protection Tuesday from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

JACKSON — Wolverines officially have federal protection after federal wildlife biologists determined the species is “less secure” than previously believed in the face of climate change and habitat loss.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the elusive, rare alpine-dwelling mesocarnivore — an animal whose diet is only slightly above 50% meat — would be listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

The decision comes after a lengthy legal battle between environmental groups and the Fish and Wildlife Service that lasted decades.

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