Praise the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Proposing to Protect Wolverines

Target: Daniel M. Ashe, Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Commend the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their proposed wolverine protection.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently proposed to give Endangered Species Act protections to the wolverine. If finalized, the act will list the wolverine as threatened, bringing the species one step closer to population recovery. With fewer than 300 individuals in the contiguous United States, wolverines are becoming increasingly isolated and dispersed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is making great progress for this species by proposing its protection. Please thank Director Daniel Ashe for taking the step toward wolverine recovery.

In the early 20th century, wolverines were eradicated to near-extinction due to trapping and poisoning. The species has made a remarkable recovery since then, but current factors still affect the survival of this species. Wolverine-hunting season is still allowed in Montana even though populations of this species are dwindling. Wolverines are often hunted and trapped for their fur and other parts. Unfortunately, many of these target populations are isolated and dispersed throughout their range. The loss of one or two breeding wolverines could effectively drive an isolated population to extinction. In addition to trapping, another factor that affects wolverine population decline is global climate change. Female wolverines require deep snow that lasts through mid-May to birth and raise young. Unfortunately, due to climate change as a result of increasing human development, it is estimated that the wolverine’s snowy habitat will be greatly reduced and fragmented in the upcoming years. This loss of habitat, along with continued trapping, would negatively impact breeding wolverines and become detrimental to the long-term survival of this species.

As top predators and scavengers in their habitats, wolverines are important members of the ecosystem, effectively providing and eliminating carrion waste. By proposing to protect this important species under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working toward eliminating wolverine trapping and providing resources to ensure the continuation of this species.

By signing this petition, you will be thanking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for taking great strides toward protecting the wolverine, in addition to encouraging them to get the proposal passed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Ashe,

I am delighted to hear of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recent proposal to list the wolverine as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. As you know, wolverine populations are drastically declining in the United States. Contributing to this decline is the allowance of wolverine-hunting in Montana, as well as global climate change.

While it is estimated that there are around 300 individuals left in the United States, the effective breeding population of wolverines could be no more than 30-50 individuals. Continued trapping of a few breeding wolverines would be detrimental toward the long-term survival of this species. By proposing to protect the wolverine, you are taking great strides toward ensuring the continuation of this important top predator. I would like to thank you for proposing to save this species and encourage you to continue fighting for the wolverine.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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