Protect Wolverines from Extinction

Target: Aurelia Skipwith, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Protect wolverines from habitat loss and extinction.

Most people have never seen a wolverine in the wild, and most never will. That’s because the species is well on its way to extinction. Wolverines are a species native to North America and the largest land member of the weasel family. Historically their habitat ranged from the Rockies to Southern California, but between overhunting and climate change their habitat has been limited to the Mid-Rockies.

Wolverines have been over hunted over the past couple of centuries for their pelts, which has decimated their population. Climate change has also greatly reduced their habitat range. Wolverines depend on snowpack in the spring to give birth and raise their offspring. Rising temperatures have reduced snowpack and thereby diminished their habitat.

Fewer than 300 individuals of the species exist today in the contiguous United States, yet they are not protected under the Endangered Species Act. This act provides a program for conservation and prohibits actions like hunting individuals of endangered species. Including wolverines in this act could prevent their extinction with renewed conservation efforts.

After years of calls from scientists, a lawsuit filed by conservation groups is requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether to put wolverines on the U.S. list of endangered species. Time is running out to save this unique species. Sign the petition to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect wolverines under the Endangered Species Act.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Ms. Skipwith,

Wolverines have been in decline for decades. Overhunting has reduced their population significantly and climate change has resulted in a tremendous habitat loss for the species. Today there are fewer than 300 individuals of the species left in the contiguous United States. The Endangered Species Act would provide much-needed protections for the species that could ensure their survival.

Many scientists have pointed out the impact climate change will have on wolverines, who depend on snowpack for raising their offspring. It’s time that wolverines received federal protections. I insist that you add wolverines to the list of species protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: William F. Wood




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