Judge tells USFWS to reconsider wolverine listing in light of climate threats

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Wolverine captured by citizen wildlife monitors in the North Cascades in 2012.

Wolverine captured on camera by citizen wildlife monitors in the North Cascades in 2012.

Describing the wolverine as a “snow-dependent species standing squarely in the path of global climate change,” a federal judge today overturned an August 2014 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service deciding not to provide protection for this species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Judge Christensen released an 85-page ruling.  He stated, “It is (my) view that if there is one thing required of the Service under the (Endangered Species Act), it is to take action at the earliest possible, defensible point in time to protect against the loss of biodiversity within our reach as a nation. For the wolverine, that time is now.”

Cascadia is home to a recovering population of wolverines that our partner forum recognized early on as a priority issue for transboundary collaboration and coordination.  Our population benefits from strong research and monitoring efforts that will inform the next steps by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as they consider a listing in light of climate science.

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