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Wolverine: Road to protection

After over a decade of battling for the recognition of these rare creatures as endangered, wolverines may finally get the protections they require.

Denali wolverine
Denali wolverine
  • Dec 2013-Wolverine USFWS protection plan period reopened
  • June 2013-Eleven wolverines are documented in Washington state
  • May 2013-US Fish and Wildlife Service finishes extends public comment period on wolverine ESA listing
  • April 2012-Conservation Northwest’s remote camera monitoring program records Peg, the first wolverine documented south of Highway 2 in more than 20 years.
  • 2011-With the help of volunteers we begin our wildlife monitoring project, hoping to spot wolverines and other little-seen animals
  • 2011-USFWS promises to determine whether wolverines deserve full protection by 2013, bumping wolverines to the top of a 250 candidate list
  • 2010-USFWS determines wolverines warrant protection, but proposal does not come until February of 2013
  • 2008-USFWS denies wolverine listing for a second time, sending us back to court to challenge the finding. Case results in settlement by which the Service agrees to reconsider its finding
  • 2006-Federal judge overturns USFWS refusal to consider new protections for wolverines, following challenges made to the refusal by us and other groups.
  • 2005-Federal researchers begin studying Washington’s wolverines
  • 2003-Fish and Wildlife Service issues a preliminary negative finding on listing petition for wolverines.
  • 2000-Campaign to protect wolverines begins with a petition to the USFWS requesting a listing of wolverines under the ESA.
  • Early 1900s-Wolverines lost from much of their historical range following years of heavy trapping and indiscriminate poison-baiting aimed at other carnivores

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