States ask Feds to Back Off on Listing Wolverines as Threatened Species Because of Climate Change

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY An organization of wildlife officials for Western states is asking the federal government to delay a decision on a possible listing for wolverines as a threatened species.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports ( ) the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife made the request during a meeting in Salt Lake City earlier this month.

It's estimated there are fewer than 300 of the elusive carnivores in the Lower 48. A threatened listing could mean an end to trapping the animals for their fur outside Alaska.

State officials object to a listing based solely on fears climate change could shrink the wolverine's favorite wintry terrain along the spine of the Rocky Mountains and other Western ranges.

Federal officials say they aren't trying to use the wolverine as a means to regulate greenhouse gases.

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