State wildlife agency directors from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming say they support the recent decision to deny endangered species protections to the rare wolverine.
HELENA — Two coalitions of advocacy groups have filed notices that they intend to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its withdrawal of proposed protections for the wolverine.
U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine in a course reversal announced Tuesday that highlights lingering uncertainties over what a warming climate means for some temperature-sensitive species.
Taking photographs of camera-shy Canada lynx and wolverines is tough, but it’s even more difficult when the camera is placed at an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet or deep in the underbrush of the Beartooth Mountains.
MISSOULA — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe defended his agency’s commitment to strong science Monday in light of recent controversies over wolverine and wolf protection.
A top federal wildlife official said there’s too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine — overruling agency scientists who warned of impending habitat loss for the “mountain devil.”
JACKSON, Wyo. — Researchers are studying the effects of winter recreation on wolverines in northwest Wyoming.
The Alliance for the Wild Rockies has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Great Falls, to stop the Forest Service’s Blankenship Vegetation Treatment Project near Monarch, over concerns for Canadian lynx, goshawk and wolverines.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the deadline six months for its final decision on whether to list the wolverine under the Endangered Species Act.
Vast expanses of wild country in Mongolia resemble the American West.
Few people live in northwestern Mongolia. The nearest city to the expedition’s jumping off point, Kharkhorin, has a population of only 12,000. The city was Kublai Khan’s capital city when he ruled.
Wolverine tracks were found everywhere in the Dharhad region that the Americans explored.
The wolverine is being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Rebecca Watters, director of the Mongolian Wolverine Project, makes a home in Bozeman when she’s not overseas. Last spring, Watters and four others spent a month exploring a region of Mongolia to formally document wolverine existence. She plans to return this year to do more research.
Mongolians like this herder are key to Watters’ project, providing information on animals as well as help exploring the vast region.
A wolverine pelt that was trapped by a herder trying to capture wolves hangs on the wall of the man’s home. Locals hold the animals in esteem for their spirit, strength and tenacity.
An ortz is the Mongolian tepee-like structure that reindeer herders live in during the summer. To Watters it is another similarity to traditions in North America.
She was told not to get her hopes up, that some people had worked on wolverine studies for 20 years and never seen one of the creatures in the wild.
Federal wildlife officials have delayed until next summer a decision on whether wolverines should receive more federal protections.