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Feds to protect U.S. wolverines, citing climate change as threat to habitat

February 02, 2013

Feds to protect U.S. wolverines, citing climate change as threat to habitat

The wolverine will be protected by the Endangered Species Act.

The 40-pound wolverine, a fierce carnivore wielding razor-sharp claws and able to kill prey several times its size, is tough enough to stand up to grizzly bears and most other non-human predators, but woefully unequipped to battle climate change.

Only 250 to 300 wolverines survive in the contiguous United States, victims of a steady rise in temperatures melting their snowy habitats, along with centuries of uninhibited targeting by fur trappers. The animal relies on deep mountain snows to burrow dens and raise their young, and faces a declining range of environments where this is possible.

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