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Endangered Species Act protections for wolverines likely imminent

State surveys don’t placate federal biologists who say the Lower 48 population is ‘less secure’ than previously thought

An analysis of wolverines in Wyoming and the rest of their Lower 48 range paints a grim picture of a low-density species that’s losing its habitat and facing an uncertain future.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a 100-page “species status assessment” for North American wolverines in late September. That document presages a final determination that federal wildlife managers must make by late November to satisfy a May 2022 federal court order.

The assessment’s closing paragraph hints at what’s likely to happen: wolverines will no longer be a state-managed species, and instead will be...

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