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.
- June 2013-Eleven wolverines are documented in Washington state
- May 2013-US Fish and Wildlife Services finish taking comments for listing wolverines as threatened species. Stay tuned and fingers crossed for the decision coming later this year!
- 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 1900’s-Wolverines lost from much of their historical range following years of heavy trapping and indiscriminate poison-baiting aimed at other carnivores