The wolverine is in trouble, and the elusive symbol of Greater Yellowstone’s wildness needs your help today. (See sample comments below.)
Approximately 50 wolverine remain in the ecosystem. And with their habitat shrinking due to a warming climate, their future is increasingly tenuous.
Please help us ensure the wolverine’s long-term survival in Greater Yellowstone by asking the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to list it as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Presently, if temperatures continue to warm as expected, the wolverine
will lose as much as two-thirds of its habitat by century's end. An ESA
listing will help protect wolverines from trapping, divert resources and
attention to this enigmatic species for monitoring, and place an
emphasis on protecting areas of key climate refugia in the high mountain
ranges of Greater Yellowstone that the wolverine calls home.
Help protect wolverine in Greater Yellowstone!
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support the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service listing the wolverine as a
threatened species, and specifically ask the USFWS to consider the
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) as a climate refuge that will allow
continued survival of wolverines.
With around 50 wolverines
estimated to be living in Greater Yellowstone, these elusive creatures
require Endangered Species Act protections to ensure their long-term
survival. I urge you to list the wolverine as threatened due to the
adverse effects of climate change and threats to landscape scale
connectivity that further isolate populations.
It’s important the
USFWS pay special attention when analyzing the potential impacts from
human activities on the wolverine’s distribution, reproductive capacity,
and ability to move between islands of habitat. Protecting against harm
and harassment in important movement corridors will allow dispersal to
continue in what will likely be shrinking habitat for the wolverine in
the future. Additionally, intentional and unintentional take of the
species should be prevented through Endangered Species protections.
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem offers some of the best wolverine
habitat: isolated mountain ranges with elevations above 8,500 feet and
deep snow that persists through mid-spring. This ecosystem is the last
large intact source habitat for wolverines that has the ability to serve
as climate refugia in the contiguous United States.
ensure this animal is on our landscape 100 years from now and list the
wolverine under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species.