American wildlife officials on Thursday said they were withdrawing a proposal to protect snow-dwelling predators like wolverines after finding they aren’t as threatened by climate change as previously thought. The move was condemned by conservation groups who claimed extra measures were desperately needed to save the estimated 300 or so left in the contiguous United States. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service said its decision “reflects the latest and best available science.” Notably, it had recorded 86 photographic detections of the animals through camera-trapping and
It is more abundant in Canada and Alaska, an attorney for a coalition intending to sue the Trump administration said. Wolverines once roamed the northern U.S., but their population has been decimated by trapping, poisoning and habitat loss that started in the 19th century. They now exist only in small populations in Idaho, Montana, Washington, Wyoming and northeast Oregon, at risk from climate change, he added. The lawyer who sued the government said the FWS announcement was smoke and
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