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Conservation groups to sue over wolverine decision

Conservation groups to sue over wolverine decision | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
A coalition of 13 conservation groups has filed notice that it will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to withdraw proposed protections for the wolverine.
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Having to sue for protection for a species that is down to a few hundred individuals should not be necessary.  Perhaps we need some new faces in the FWS.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reverses Wolverine Protection Proposal

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reverses Wolverine Protection Proposal | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Jeff Copeland, a spokesman for the nonprofit Wolverine Foundation and a retired U.S. Forest Service biologist, said that for Walsh to reverse the recommendation "without any new scientific evidence...
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Concerns for human recreation, development, and trapping can block endangered species protection.

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Last 250-300 Wolverines in Lower-48 Denied Protection | Defenders of Wildlife

Last 250-300 Wolverines in Lower-48 Denied Protection | Defenders of Wildlife | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"WASHINGTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied protections for the rare wolverine under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), potentially jeopardizing the species’ long-term survival in the lower-48 states. Although the Service proposed to list wolverines as “threatened” in 2013 citing a primary threat of reduced habitat and range from climate change, the agency today said wolverines do not warrant a listing due to uncertainty about the effects of climate change on the animals, a claim disputed by conservation groups."

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When a species' numbers get this low, there can be no denying that it is endangered.  Without protection, trapping and habitat disruption by human activity will extinguish this fine example of nature's art.  Has the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service no feelings for wildlife?


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