Step up protections for wolverines
Wolverines, Washington's winter wonder,
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Wolverines are back in the Washington; but their hold in the North Cascades and Rockies is fragile – only about 300 remain in the contiguous United States, mostly in the northern Rockies. Wolverines are tough but things are getting tougher. They are expected to lose about two-thirds of their snowbound habitat by the end of the century as the climate warms.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service at last has proposed wolverines for Endangered Species protection. The Service lists trapping, climate change, and loss of connected habitat as the major threats. This proposal is a good start, but wolverines need more. They need to hear from you.
The current proposal fails to recognize threats to wolverines from motorized winter recreation, development in alpine areas, and traffic and danger to safe passage from transportation corridors, such as I-90 and SR 2 in Washington, that act in concert to climate change and other factors.
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