Wolverines set to get federal protection
Dec 14, 2010
Much attention has been paid to giant pandas, one of the cutest animals considered to be endangered at the moment. However, it looks as though another creature will soon be getting government protection as well.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that wolverines be covered under the Endangered Species Act.
"The threats to the wolverine are long-term due to the impacts of climate change on their denning habitat, especially important to assist the species in successfully reproducing," said Steve Guertin, the service's director of its Mountain-Prairie Region.
The animals mostly exist in the North Cascades Range of Washington and Montana, Idaho and Wyoming in the Northern Rocky Mountains. There is also just one known wolverine who currently resides in the Sierra Nevada area.
According to its website, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works to preserve, protect and enhance wildlife, fish and plants. They also aim to help creatures in their natural habitats, which well in turn enhance the lives of the American people.