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  1. #1 Lawsuit seeks Species Act protection for wolverine 
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    In Canada, the population has been pegged at 15,000 to 19,000 animals."And all along the Canadian/U.S. Border !"

    "The wolverine range crosses international and state boundaries," Bothwell said. "Wolverines have no concept of our political divisions. They travel where they will."

    "Yeah We have Canadian Wolverines and then we have American Wolverines.Two different species,yeah right !

    Environmental groups say wolverines in the United States and Canada are genetically separate. Some(most) scientists disagree.

    Environmental groups sued the federal government Tuesday to protect wolverines under the Endangered Species Act, saying the Interior Department disregarded scientific conclusions that the species was in jeopardy.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied the species Endangered Species Act protection in March by saying that even if wolverines disappeared from the Lower 48, the species would survive because there are larger populations in Canada.

    "Americans want these animals protected on our own soil,"

    said David Gaillard, Northern Rockies representative for one of the plaintiffs, Defenders of Wildlife.

    The nine environmental groups sued the Interior Department and one of its agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, asking the U.S. District Court in Missoula to order the wildlife agency to reconsider its decision to deny the wolverine protection.

    Not counting Alaska, the U.S. wolverine population consists of about 500 animals, the Fish and Wildlife Service estimates, a figure the plaintiffs say may be high by 20 percent or more. Wolverines inhabit Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington. In Canada, the population has been pegged at 15,000 to 19,000 animals.


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    One threat to wolverines is climate change, and Gaillard said the Interior Department did not want another case of climate-driven concern about wildlife to have prominence around the time of a status decision on polar bears.

    In May, the government declared polar bears a threatened species because Arctic sea ice is decreasing. Scientists have tied the melting of sea ice to global warming.

    Wolverines need alpine snow in the spring so they can rear their young successfully, Gaillard said.

    The Montana Furbearer Conservation Alliance, which favors wolverine trapping in Montana, supports the agency's decision against Endangered Species Act protection. Montana is the only state besides Alaska to allow wolverine trapping.

    The agency was correct in evaluating the U.S. population in the context of Canada's, alliance spokesman Don Bothwell said Tuesday.

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    I think the biggest concern is that they get killed at home by Mountaineers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biccat View Post
    I think the biggest concern is that they get killed at home by Mountaineers.

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    Those skunk bears are down right nasty critters.I've read stories of them fighting with a Grizzly over a dead deer carcass it pulling on one half while the grizzly pulled on the other half until it broke in two and it took half of it from the Grizzly.They are about half the size of a full grown brown bear with long claws and sharp fangs !

    They will track a wounded deer or caribou for miles until it drops.They have a set territory and will guard it from all other predators even man !A skunk bear on a trappers trail will foul his traps with their stink and steal his trapped animals and try and run him off from their territory.The Indians knew all about these things and gave them a wide sway .

    If a trapper shoots a deer or Caribou he had better string it up and gut it quick before the Wolverines and Grizzley's show up for they can smell the blood miles away and come running !
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    This is not going to go down well in Columbus!
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    Ya know, when I saw the thread title. the first thing that came to mind was "Why does Wolverine need protection? He has a skeleton coated with Adamantium, retractable claws made from it, hyper sense of smell, regeneration and a bad attitude. He should be fine."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zathras View Post
    Ya know, when I saw the thread title. the first thing that came to mind was "Why does Wolverine need protection? He has a skeleton coated with Adamantium, retractable claws made from it, hyper sense of smell, regeneration and a bad attitude. He should be fine."
    *cough* Nerd! :D

    Yeah ok I admit I thought the same thing too :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    This is not going to go down well in Columbus!
    Does this mean the EPA will be guarding the endzone?

    It might help.
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