Feds: Wolverines Need Protection, But Must Wait 12-13-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Feds: Wolverines Need Protection, But Must Wait 12-13-2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the wolverine should be to be added to the list of endangered and threatened species.
But the federal agency said adding the wolverine now is precluded by higher priorities -- that is, other species considered in greater danger.
The agency said in a decision posted Monday that the small mammal known for its ferocity will be added to the candidate species list.
The Fish and Wildlife Service said wolverine's range in the U.S. includes portions of Montana, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and California.
Two years ago, the agency found the wolverine was not eligible for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Environmentalists sued, and last year the agency agreed to issue a new finding.
Earlier this year, the first living wolverine was spotted in Michigan in more than a century.
The body of the 28-pound female wolverine was found in March along a trail in Michigan's Thumb.
State biologists ruled that Michigan's only known wild wolverine apparently died of natural causes.
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