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Wolverines: Legal Protection Needed

Case Number # 9593

The wolverine is generally intolerant of human disturbance in its habitat. Its presence in a area signifies untrammeled, uncompromised wilderness. This lawsuit asked a federal court to overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's refusal to consider new legal protections for the wolverine.

In October 2006, a federal judged ruled that the FWS wrongly rejected scientific information regarding the wolverine that "shows a dramatic loss in range, the tangible decrease in population with the commensurate threat of genetic isolation of subpopulations, and the threat posed by human encroachment on wolverines."

Press Releases

Friday, February 1, 2013
“Threatened” listing would help protect species and promote recovery
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agrees to make listing decision by 2013
Monday, December 13, 2010
Threats found to be of "high magnitude," yet species still awaits ESA listing
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Feds to reconsider Endangered Species Act protections
Monday, October 2, 2006
Court overturns government refusal to consider threats to rare wilderness species
Wednesday, June 8, 2005
Lawsuit Aims to Spur Federal Action to Conserve Rare Wilderness Species
Friday, August 1, 2003
Protection for vanishing old growth carnivore will be considered by government